‘Mahachok’: Lovely Tropical Bulb Plants in Thailand With Fragrant White Blooms

In my perspective, the ‘Mahachok’ (ว่านมหาโชค) bulb plants are among Thailand’s loveliest tropical flowering herbs. These evergreen bulbs thrive in hot tropical climates and produce attractive fragrant white blooms from time to time.

Mahachok bulb plants with fragrant white flowers in Bangkok, Thailand.

The ‘Mahachok’ (ว่านมหาโชค) bulb plants are a vintage herbaceous bulb with evergreen leaves that thrives in Thailand’s hot and humid tropical climate. Though they physically resemble the ‘Mahalab’ (ว่านมหาลาภ) bulb plants that seem to be more widespread among Thai gardeners nowadays, there are three key differences: [1] Unlike the light green leaves of the ‘Mahalab’, the leaves of ‘Mahachok’ bulbs are larger and darker green with thicker stems, [2] Unlike ‘Mahalabs’ that do quite well when naturalized in the soil, ‘Mahachok’ bulbs prefer to be potbound in large pots and remain evergreen throughout the year, [3] Unlike the delicate orange-reddish blooms of ‘Mahalab’ bulbs, the white blooms of ‘Mahachoks’ are larger, sturdier, and fragrant.

Mahachok bulb plants produce fragrant white flowers from time to time.

In Thailand, ‘Mahachok’ (ว่านมหาโชค) bulbs can be easily planted year-round in large well-drained earthen pots filled with rich loamy soil mixed with small amounts of sand and organic fertilizer. Place 4-5 bulbs in a large, deep earthen pot that is about 40 cm in diameter, so that their tops are approximately 1-2 cm below the surface of the soil. Water well after planting.

Mahachok bulbs can be planted into a large earthen pot filled with loamy soil, whereby their tops are approximately 1-2 cm below the soil surface. Water well after planting.

‘Mahachok’ bulb plants are slow growers, but in approximately 1-2 months after consistent rain or moisture, dark green leaves will start to appear above the soil as the plants continue to grow.

Mahachok bulb plants produce large green leaves 1-2 months after being planted.

Tall stems bearing clusters of fragrant white flowers will soon appear 2-3 months after the bulbs have been planted. ‘Mahachok’ bulb plants prefer partial shade, and in Thailand’s tropical gardens their ideal locations would be close to larger trees along the eastern or western walls where they receive morning or late afternoon sunshine, but are shielded from the scorching tropical mid-day sun.

Mahachok bulb plants with fragrant white blooms in Bangkok, Thailand.

In the Thai language, the term ‘Mahachok’ (ว่านมหาโชค) translates to “The Great Fortune” in English, which is why traditional Thai gardeners consider them to be very auspicious and lovely plants, a perfect addition to any tropical garden.

Full-grown Mahachok bulb plants in a tropical garden in Bangkok, Thailand

Happy gardening, wherever you are in Thailand, and around the world!

Lat (Ratasit C.)


About Lat (Ratasit C.)

Greetings! I'm a world traveler, a food connoisseur, an avid gardener who loves gardening, and an enthusiast in the Buddhist dharma of mindfulness, wisdom, and peace. Find me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/RatasitC or also visit my Travel and Food Blog at http://latztravelandfoods.wordpress.com and join my culinary journey. Also visit http://latzdharma.wordpress.com for a glimpse of my spiritual journey. Welcome!
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