This book is a picturesque presentation providing information on bulbous flowering plants commonly grown for business or pleasure. It is a handy guide for flower lovers.
The author Dr. B.B. Sharma, a former Professor of Horticulture, IRAI, New Delhi, has authored many books on Horticulture and Home Gardening.
Man's fondness for flowers for their fragrance and beauty is
well-known. Flowers are an essential part of a garden. Bulbous
flowers exhibit an astonishing diversity in bewildering array of
colour and charm and are extensively used to provide interest and
colour before other plants have started to grow. They are particularly suitable to areas where a rich, colourful effect is needed
perhaps for a short period.
In view of international co-operation, extensive exploration,
collection, assessment and genetic improvement programmes, numerous new charming additions to the existing successful garden
forms in bulbous flower crops have taken place in India and
elsewhere. The range of easily available hybrids and varieties today
far exceeds which were obtainable several years ago. Bulbous
flower gardening has therefore been brought within the reach of
anyone who has even a few yards of soil or pots. "The bulbous
flower world" has become thus a dynamic market place with
shifting production centres, new introductions, emerging markets
and improved cultivation technologies. With the presence of temperate, sub-tropical and tropical climates, India has become the
important source of supply for fresh cut flowers and planting
material that can successfully meet specific market requirements.
The beginners, often do not know what to choose from the vast
array of popular bulbous flowers. The difficulty lies in not knowing
the correct botanical name by which to refer a plant, being unable
to identify a specimen seen in a garden, flower show or publication
or not having elementary information on a particular species.
Efforts have been made to collect basic information and
photographs on selected bulbous flower species from numerous
sources catalogues to keep knowledge up to date on flower
characters, in particular in this publication in a simple elementary
I am most grateful to Shrimati Surinder Kaur, Director
(Publications Division) Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,
Government of India for her interest and encouragement at every
stage of this book's preparation.
It is my sincere wish that bulbous flower enthusiasts would
find it useful.
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