Care Of Duranta: How To Grow Duranta Plants
Duranta plants are popularly known as ‘golden’ because they produce a very high amount of gold when grown in soil. They are easy to grow and their yield is great.
If you want to grow duranta plants then it’s best if you have some basic knowledge about them before starting with the cultivation of these plants.
How Duranta Gold Is Produced?
The gold produced by duranta plants comes from two sources; the leaves and roots. The leaves contain the main part of the plant while the root contains all other parts. When growing duranta plants, it is important to understand that both the leaves and roots must be kept healthy at all times. If either one becomes diseased or damaged, then there will be no result for producing gold from these plants.
Duranta Plant Leaves And Roots
The leaves of duranta plants are greenish-yellow in color. They are smooth and slightly hairy.
There are four types of leaves found on duranta plants. These include: 1) The leaf with the most number of leaflets; 2) Leaflets with few leaflets; 3) Leaflets with many leaflets; 4) Leaflet with none at all. The number of leaflets varies depending upon the type of plant being cultivated. The root of the plant is used for a very specific reason.
How To Mature The Root
By maintaining the soil, nutrients and other conditions, the roots of the plant can be matured in a manner that will guarantee high yield of gold. Normally, if proper care is taken during the process of growing these plants from seeds to maturity, then it is common to produce around 1.2 grams of gold from every mature plant.
How To Mature The Whole Plant
By taking care of the whole plant, it is possible to increase the amount of gold that can be gained from the mature plant. In some cases, proper care will result in 2.4 grams of gold per mature plant.
Maintaining the whole plant will require much work and attention. However, the potential reward is worth it.
In order to grow the whole plant, you will need to apply a series of nutrients and other chemicals into the soil at a specific time interval. There is an official guide that comes with the seeds packet that informs the planter about how to take care of the whole plant.
In fact, these packets contain everything that one needs to know about growing these plants, from before till after harvesting.
Deadheading Duranta is one of the most important tasks for a planter. This process is also known as ‘removing dead flowers and seeding branches’.
When growing duranta plants, one must always keep in mind that the plant will be producing a lot of seeds and these seeds may end up producing new plants that will steal away the nutrients required by the main plant.
Deadheading is very easy to do. All that is required is to simply pluck off the seeding branches and the flowers.
The reason why deadheading is important is because if this process is not followed then, at the time of harvesting, most of the yielded gold may come from the seeds and branches rather than from the roots.
Harvesting The Gold
When harvesting the gold, one must keep in mind that it is always better to harvest the plant early rather than late. After the plant has fully matured, it is best to leave it grown until there is a need for more gold.
The roots of the mature plant are very efficient and may require more time before they can be harvested completely.
Also, it must be kept in mind that there is a limit to how much gold can be gained from these plants. Normally, 5 plants can produce around 1 ounce of gold.
This may vary from region to region depending upon many conditions.
The harvested roots will be sent to a refinery where they will be ground and the gold extracted. Normally, a good planter can yield around 20-30% of the total weight of the roots in gold.
However, there are cases where some rare plants may contain as much as 40% of gold in its roots, though such cases are very rare.
How To Grow The Root
Firstly, the seeds must be acquired. These may be bought from a nursery or you may also get your seeds from an already grown plant.
The latter is normally not recommended for beginners since it is easy to make mistakes when growing.
The seeds will be planted in small pots that have holes in its base so that they can be placed in a bowl of water easily. Since these seeds are really small, it is best to use small pots.
The seeds require a lot of moisture in order to grow properly. It is best to keep the soil moist at all times.
Also, the soil must be kept indoors since the sun may dry out the soil too much and may kill the seedlings.
Once the roots start growing you may place the pot outside in a shaded area where it can get some sun. It is best to place the whole pot in the ground so that the whole root remains moist.
When the plant is really big, it is best to trim its branches so that it does not steal away all of the nutrients from the roots. However, this can be avoided if you harvest the roots every few weeks.