An Exploratory Study of Gardening Practices and Ornamental Plants in Khartoum State, Sudan
Keywords:Sudan, ornamental plants, gardening practices, environmental roles
In Sudan, as in many parts of the world, ornamental plants are gaining a growing interest. This study aimed to shed light on gardening (horticulture) and ornamental plants in Khartoum State, Sudan by focusing on gardening practices, verifying people's awareness of the environmental role of these plants, and studying species diversity within major ornamental groups namely; cacti and ornamental palms. Data were collected through structured questionnaires with both gardeners and the general public. The results showed that gardening practices as well as interest in ornamental plants have grown rapidly in recent decades and that most of the gardeners belong to young adults (21-40) with a sex ratio of 1: 1. Aesthetic values ??and combating desertification have been reported as the most important roles of ornamental plants. The remarkable diversity of ornamental plants in cacti and royal palms is attributed to the adaptive ability of their species to grow in the hot and dry environment of the study area, the simplicity of their reproduction and their profitable sales.
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