Plantation Drive Phase 2 at Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha, Banashankari 3rd stage - 6 plantations (Episode 46 through 51)

Since I need to wait for a month to get next round of Mexican Sunflower cuttings, I am now limited by the supply side. Therefore, decided to consider other trees, picked up Singapore Cherry and Jamun tree saplings from the Dhanvanthari Vana, rushed to the Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha campus for further plantation.

Upon detailed survey, what I learned was that it is much easier to squeeze a Mexican Sunflower in a corner. Planting a full fledged tree needs far more scrutiny, and therefore I could plant only 6 plants, as planting in the rest of the corners is questionable.  Some comments I have received so far on the web were that I should plant fruit bearing trees. But, I would like to go back to my first impression, which is that we need to increase green content with least effort, high speed, and least disturbance to those who need to tolerate our actions and most importantly the results need to mesmerize. Therefore, Mexican Sunflower is the right choice, and I will continue with the plantation as per the supply. I have already spotted at least 100 more public spaces around my neighborhood for such plantations.  May be I could squeeze another dozen of Mexican Sunflower plantations in this campus too. Let us see.

One good news! The Mexican Sunflower does have an aroma, it is not as strong as the Champaka, so, it is certified by the folks at the campus as suitable for God worship. This is bit of good news and bad news, good news is that the motivation of flower supply for God worship is one of the considerations for further plantations in the households, the bad news is that the mesmerization of hundreds of flowers on a fully grown plant will be lost with one too many plucking.

Episode: # 46 - 51
Date: Sept 22, 2018
Place: Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha campus, Banashankari 3rd Stage, Bangalore - 560085
Site Location Map (Please click to see): Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha, Banashankari 3rd Stage, Bengaluru
Plant: 5 Jamun Tree saplings, 1 Singapore Cherry sapling
Planted by: Nataraja Upadhya
Care by: Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha authorities, students and residents

Remarks and photos: (The rest of the story below)

By 2 pm: I loaded 20 saplings, 10 of Singapore cherry, and 10 of Jamun. But, I could plant only 6 here and 2 more elsewhere through this session. The issue I found was that the bigger tree saplings are a challenge to squeeze space. People also have more reservation against the bigger trees, hence the chances of removing our plantation is much high. Bottom line: Plant big tree saplings only on specific demand by the care takers else return on investment of time is quite poor for the soul running around with plantation.

(I had acquired 20 Singapore cherry, and 10 Jamun saplings, I planted all the remaining 18 more left after this drive in my own gardens on around my terrace to bring a closure to this so that I stick to Mexican Sunflower only as a general rule.)

The one below is on the southside near living quarters, it is a Jamun tree per the specific demand of these kids.

These two are at the south side of the school blocks, one Jamun and one Singapore Cherry.

The rest three are Jamun, and are at the right side (south side) of the entrance, in the space between the fence facing west and the very first building.

The paradox of the situation in my hand now is that if I stick to Mexican Sunflower, I am constrained by the supply side, if I switch to other plants, I am constrained by the demand side too. The constraints from the demand side was quite a downer on my spirit,  took couple of more days to get out of it and return to the usual enthusiasm.

So, I now appeal to all the green enthusiasts to plant Mexican Sunflower so that six months down the road, you can become a valuable supplier of the stem cuttings needed to scale up the operations, faster and wider!


Nataraja Upadhya,

Founder, Billion Trees and Beyond
Founder, Paint Bengaluru Green and More (ಬೆ೦ಗಳೂರಿಗೆ ಹಸಿರು ಓಕುಳಿ)


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