For several years, mythology brought up the tradition of using Rudraksha beads as rosaries. We often found beaded in chains among devotees. It is attributed to Lord Shiva by believers. Over the past years, various physiological benefits and the evolution of a new Indo-Western fashion have raised these beads. Not just in India, but in places across the world, people have been making use of rudraksha for their religious jewellery. Omshivoham, an authentic rudraksha comapny from Australia, have been spreading the love of the Hindu jewellery thanks to the sacred tree.
But, do you know what Rudraksha seeds are covered with? Where they do come from? How can you source them yourself?
Well, the Founder of Indraprastha Horticulture Society (IHS), Rachana Jain shares the plant of the Rudraksha that goes by the scientific name of Elaeocarpus ganitrus. She says that it usually found growing in Himalayan regions. Rachana said some growing spots around the famous Delhi University’s campus area but says it is quite rare to find the plant growing in homes.
With the founding of IHS, she spent her 23 years educating people and generating awareness about organic methods of plant propagation and zero-cost home gardening.
Step-By-Step Guide On How To Grow The Rudraksha Plant At Home
Preparing the plant
Rachana Jain says “You can prepare tens to hundreds of saplings from a single Rudraksha plant easily available at local nurseries as well as online these days.” Firstly, you may peel the skin off a 2-inch area on the bark.
Remember, the ideal cut is just a few centimeters below the plant’s nodal portion using a sharp knife. This is where new growth develops. Thus, give two round cuts within a 2-inch distance of each other. Make a slit between them as it becomes easier to peel the skin off with your nails.
After this, make a few scratches on the bark.
Now, it’s time for the air layering process using balls of moss. Rachana says that these should be covered in cinnamon powder or honey and soaked in water for a few hours. Each ball is used to create one air layering.
In the end, cover the skinned bark below the nodal portion of the plant with the moss ball.