Though it’s disoriented, it cute to see the babies and toddlers with their cute faces. Now, a bit about the Jequirity which is otherwise famously called the Rosary Pea as it was used for the purpose. It’s a beautiful creeper native to India and the only species of its kind – Abrus precatorius, called Gunja in Sanskrit. I’ve seen its attractive seeds right from my childhood during the Vinâyaka Caturthi (the birthday of Lord Ganaesha or Vinâyaka). These seeds are used for the eyes of lord Vinâyaka’s clay moulds in Southern parts of India. Only recently I realized that it the seed of that plant! I was excited and went to a seeds shop to get some and guess what? The shopkeeper gave it for free – he wouldn’t get money for that.
The Jequirity seeds are highly toxic when ingested and are as toxic as Ricin – a notorious toxin, so never allow kids near it, as their seeds are very attractive. But the creeper’s flowers are so beautiful that you’d be tempted to have it in your garden despite the seeds’ toxicity. So, about planting:
Soak the seeds for 24 hours before sowing in warm water and select the seeds that have bloated (enlarged ones) and sow them a quarter inch below a normal potting mix and they should grow within a week. I sowed 5 seeds – all soaked in water, but only one came out after 3 days and the other two took more than a week. I remember that the one that came out was the largest one after soaking and others – some enlarged a bit and some didn’t. And yes, they require lots of sun – at least after they germinate so place them somewhere they get direct sun. They even endured the really hot sun on the day of eclipse whereas most of my other seedlings seemed wilted under that heat and recovered only after few hours.
Hope the triplets grow into adults, flower and beget offspring. Fingers crossed!