Indians are known for their love of food. They enjoy eating everything from fruits and vegetables to meat and fish. Food is one of the most important aspects of life. People have been using food for centuries to keep themselves healthy, happy, strong and in general better off than when they were born!
Indian Currants (Symphyotrichum comosum) are a type of fruit that grows naturally in India. These berries are very small and round, with red or purple stripes running down each side. They taste sweet and sour, like grapes but sweeter.
You can eat them fresh or dried.
The best time to grow these is between May through September when the weather is warm and sunny. The leaves will wilt easily so you need to water frequently during this period.
You can grow them in containers or in your garden. If you want to plant them in pots, make sure that they are well drained soil and do not get too much sun. Make sure that there is plenty of room around the roots so they don’t rot out.
Growing Indoors Indoors Indoors is a good choice if you live near a large body of water where it’s easy to keep up with watering. The soil should drain well, but not dry out. You can use sand or peat for the soil.
The temperature should stay around 65 degrees F (18 C). A mixture of peat and sand work well together.
Outdoors Outdoors you can plant the currants anywhere that gets 5 or more hours of direct sunlight a day. The soil can be sandy or loamy, it doesn’t matter as long as it drains well.
Planting When you plant your currants, place them about 2 feet (60cm) apart. They can grow in groups, but make sure there is space around each one.
Planting Time After you remove the bushes from their containers, dig a hole that is large enough to fit the roots comfortably. If you are planting more than one together, the hole should be at least 2 feet (60cm) apart. Make sure that the tops of the plants are level with the soil or just a little above it.
Before you water them, give the roots a good soaking. After that, make sure to keep the roots moist but not soggy. Keep an eye on the leaves to make sure they are always green.
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