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In the Valley of Bougainvilleas

Offering a visual treat in his home is Jojo Jacob, who grows around 34 varieties of the plants with the effort of his family.

Published: 15th February 2014 08:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th February 2014 08:48 AM   |  A+A-

If you get time to visit Randuplackal at Kadiyangad, on the way to Peruvannamuzhi, do so, you will not regret it. You can hardly take your eyes off from the house, which is aesthetically decorated with colourful bougainvillea plants.

Randuplackal Jojo Jacob and his family finds happiness living among these colourful plants. 

Offering a visual treat to natives and tourists, he grows around 34 varieties of bougainvilleas with the collective effort of his family members. Jojo, who started gardening at a tender age, believes his decision to focus on ornamental flowers was a turning point in his life. At present he provides bougainvilleas to instant gardens and wedding functions.

The plant requires little care other than regular watering. According to Jojo and his wife Bindu Joseph, a teacher, bougainvillea grows easily. “Our success lies in using the space available to its fullest.” Nobody can find a space underutilised in his small yet marvelously-decorated home.  “A good number of our customers are tourists visiting Peruvannamuzhi, a tourist spot,” says his wife Bindu while helping Jojo rearrange the plants at their front yard.

Their day starts at five in the morning with cleaning of the nursery. Before getting ready to go to school, his wife waters all the plants, including rambuttan and bush pepper. Spending time at his farm in  Chavaramoozhi, Jojo returns home in the evening. After returning from school, Bindu and children join him in shifting the plants from polythene bags to pots.

Jojo, the most successful bougainvillea grower in Kozhikode, toils day and night at his farm. His dedication won him the Yuvakarshakan State Agriculture Award 2002-03 and the Pragathiseel Karshak Samman of Bharatheey Krishi Anusandhan Samsthan in 2009. Hailing from a traditional family of farmers, Jojo imbibed the lessons of gardening from his mother Thresya. “My mother still finds pleasure in the company of plants and flowers,” he says.

“Bindu stands by me in all my pleasures and difficulties to keep me move on. If she did not have a liking for gardening, I could not have been a successful farmer,” says Jojo. “To make a mark in whatever you do you have to do something different,” he says. Toeing the same lines, Bindu says gardening is the best work that can be opted by middle-aged men after retirement. The house is also a study centre for students who have an inclination for farming.

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