Madhumalti : A perfect Summer houseplant for Fragrance and Beauty

Madhumalti ( Rangoon Creeper )

Rangoon creeper is a tropical vine popular for its color-changing blooms and tough habit.

It starts off as a cute little leafy creeper that rapidly becomes coarse and bush-like. It then sends out little shoots that take the support of anything around it, and climbs up to form a towering creeper.

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Known as MadhuMalati, RadhaManoharam and Rangoon Mallige around India, this vine is having summer presence everywhere.

The heady fragrance of its pink, red and white blooms, borne in bunches all over its massive spread, has captivated the imaginations of poets and artists alike.

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In Chinese medicine, the seeds and roots of the plant are boiled and used as an anti-parasitic and to combat nephritis.

Rangoon creepers grow pretty much anywhere, needing very little tending to. They are perfect to cover rooftops, balconies, fences, gateposts and pergolas.

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Want to grow this beautiful creeper at home? Well, why not!

All you need is a good healthy sapling. Plant the creeper in a large size pot where it can get at least four hours of sun every day, and can take the support of something to grow and spread.

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Remember that the best aspect of a Rangoon creeper is from the top, where most of its leaves and blooms appear; the bottom tends to look leggy and thorny over time. So plant your creeper where its crown can be displayed to its best advantage.

Water it twice a week or so for a couple of years until it can sustain itself. You can then decide if you want to prune it into a large bush, or train it up onto your roof or fence using a rope or twine.

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After a while, the plant will learn to use the support of its older stems to send new shoots up. Rangoons enjoy growing wild and free, so don’t go overboard with the pruning and training.

Fertilize your plant every six months with leafy compost or rich garden soil, and keep an eye out for parasitic plants like dodder, that love to latch on to Rangoons for their nutrition.

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So go plant yourself a Rangoon creeper today !


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Soil:

As with any kind of garden, success usually starts with the soil. Most vegetables do best in moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter (such as compost or peat moss).

If you don’t have a good soil for vegetables, you can also buy ready to use nutrient rich soil.


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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.