Flower buds will pop up so bountiful during the rainy season.
These plants need enough water to set up their flower buds.
New plants from layering are usually ready for blooming about six months after transplanting, even earlier.
The peak of the flowering year are on the 3-4 years after planting.
Each plant can produce 50 grams of flower buds daily, even more.
And the buds are harvested every day in the morning until the mid day.
One day before blooming, the flower buds have pink-pale purple color.
From the picture above :
M : full blooming
M-1 : a day before blooming
M-2 : two days before blooming
Karuk : 4-7 days before blooming
Here there are Lady pickers that have special work on picking Melati gambir buds.
They only pick M-1, and sometime M-2 accidentally picked.
Only jasmine pickers that really understand which buds are ready to be harvested.
They pick Melati gambir buds quickly and accurately.Full bloomed flowers are not harvested, cause the fragrance doesn't strong enough.
Today we have talked about harvesting the flower buds, tomorrow we will talk about the distribution.
Hope you all enjoy this series.
Have a wonderful day...