DEAR MR. GUPTA,
CAN YOU GIVE DETAILS ON KALIHARI
I would like to share some medicinal crops whcih are in great demand in domestic as well as in global market.
1)Amla- Emblica officinalis
2)Ashok- Saraca asoca
3)Ashwagandha- Withania somnifera
5)Bhumi amlaki- Phyllanthus amarus
6)Bramhi- Bacopa monnieri
7)Chandan- Santalum album
8)Chirata- Swertia chirata
9)Daruhaldi- Berberis aristata
10)Giloe- Tinospora cordifolia
11)Gudmar- Gymeema sylvestre
12)Guggal- Commiphora wighti
13)Isabgol- Plantago ovata
14)Jatamansi- Nardostachys jatamansi
15)Kalihari- Gloriosa superba
If anybody is interested to grow them or want to know more details regarding any of above mention crops,please contact me.
This is the continuation of this topic.Here I m giving the list of most demanded medicinal plants in market which were not covered in previous list.
16) Kalmegh- Andrographis paniculata
17) kesar- Crocus sativus
18) Kokum- Garcinia indica
19) Kuth- Saussurea costus
20) Kutki- Picorhiza kurroa
21) Makoy- Solanum nigrum
22) Mulethi- Glycyrrhiza glabra
23) Safed musali- Chlorophytum borivillianum
24) Pather chur- Coleus barbatua
25) Pippali - Piper longum
26) Sarpagandha - Rauwolfia serpentina
27) Senna - Cassia angustifolia
28) Shatavari- Asparagus racimosus
29) Tulsi - Ocimum sanctum
30) Vai vidang - Embelia ribes
31) Vatsnabh- Aconitum ferox
Please conatct me for detailed iformation regarding above mention crops.
Gloriosa superba(Chengandal malar) is a climbing plant with bright red colour flowers.It has V shaped tubers. Leaves, flowers, rhizomes and seeds are used in medicines.
It contains active priciple colchicine and mostly cultivated in South India.
Kalahari is known as Glory Lilly in english. Belong to family liliaceae.It is originated in Tropical Asia and Africa.
In india around 2000 hac area is under its cultivation covering North West Himalayas to Assam,Western Ghats and Deccan Peninsula.
Its roots and seeds are economic which contain colchicine and gloriosine alkaloid.
used against gout disease,snake bites,gonorrhoea.
Soil-sandy loam,red or black loam with good drianage and 6-7 ph.
Climate-its a tropical crop.Need warm and humid climate.Ideal temp. range-10-20 c.
Propagation-by rizome cutting having wt not less than 50 gram.
Spacing -plant to plant-30-45 cm
row to row-45-60 cm.
Harvesting-crop duration-170-180 days.Harvesting should be done when capsule start turning light green to dark green and fruit become light in weight.
Yield-during initial years -200-300 kg seeds per hactare.It gradually increases in subsequent years.
I have a question about the Withania Somnifera or Ashwaghanda. I'd like some more information about it.
Please have a look on below mentioned information about withania somnifera.
WITHANIA SOMNIFERA (LINN.) DUNAL
FAMILY - SOLANACEAE
It is an erect branched under shrub up to 1.25 m in height, minutely stellate tomentose. Root fleshty, tapering, whitish brown. Leaves ovate, flower greenish. It grows in dried parts in subtropical regions.
PART USED: Root, leaf seed.
SOIL AND CLIMATE
W. somnifera grows well in sandy loam or light red soil, having pH 7.5-8.0 with good drainage. It can be cultivated between 600-1200 m altitude. The semi-tropical areas receiving 500-750 mm rainfall are suitable for cultivation of this rained crop. The crop requires dry season during its growing period. Temperature between 200C to 350C is most suitable for cultivation. Late winter rains are conducive for the proper development of the plant roots
Ashwagandha is usually grown in fields which are not well covered by the irrigation systems. The field on which food crops cannot be taken profitably for the above reason may be used for Ashwangandha cultivation. The soil of the field selected for Ashwagandha cultivation is well pulverized by ploughing, disking and/or harrowing. The field may be then levelled by the application pata.
NURSERY RAISING AND PLANTING
The crop can be sown either by broad casting or in lines. Live to line method is preferred as it in creases root production and also helps in performing intercultural practices properly. The seeds are usually sown about 1-3 cm deepin June- July in nursery. A light shower after shower after sowing ensures good germination. About 500-750 gm seeds are sufficient for 1 ha. field. Seeds can be treated, with Thiram or Indofil or Dithane medicinal plants - 45 (@ 3 gm/kg seed), before sowing to protect seedlings from seed borne diseases. The seedling after 25-35 days after sowing can be transplanted in the field marinating 60 x 60 cm. Spacing between the plants & the rows. It may be noted that since 'Asagnadh' is a rainy season Kharif crop, the time of sowing is decided by date of arrival of monsoon in that area
THINNING AND WEEDING
The seeds sown by broadcasting or in the line in furrows should be thinned out by hand at 25-30 days after sowing to maintain a plant population of about 30-60 plants per square meter (about 3.5 to 6 lakh plants/hectare). The plant density to be used may depend on the nature and fertility of the soil. On the marginal land the population is kept high. If some fertiliser (N:P:K::20:20:0) is applied then the population should preferably be kept at a lower level. One hand weeding at an early stage is sufficient to enable the Ashwagandha plants to take over the growth of weed which get suppressed by its smothering effect.
MANURES, FERTILISERS AND PESTICIDES
The medicinal plants have to be grown without chemical fertilizers and use of pesticides. Organic manures like, Farm Yard Manure (FYM), Vermi-Compost, Green Manure etc. may be used as per requirement of the species. To prevent diseases, bio-pesticides could be prepared (either single or mixture) from Neem (kernel, seeds & leaves), Chitrakmool, Dhatura, Cow's urine etc.
Light shower after transplantation ensures establishment of seedlings. There is no need of irrigation if rainfall is at regular intervals. Excessive rainfall/water is harmful to the crop. Life saving irrigations may be applied, if required.
HARVESTING/ POST HARVESTING
The plants start flowering and bearing fruits from December onwards. The crop is ready for harvest in January-March at 150 to 180 days after sowing. The maturity of crop is judged by drying out of leaves and yellow red berries. The entire plant is uprooted for roots which are separated from aerial parts by cutting the stem 1-2 cm above the crown. The roots are then either cut transversely into small pieces (7 to 10 cm) or dried as it is in the sun. About 650-800 kg roots can be obtained from 1 ha on drying it comes to 350-435 kg. Berries are hand plucked separately. They are dried and crushed to take out the seeds.
The dried roots, entire or transversely cut into smaller pieces, have to be further cleaned, trimmed and graded. The roots are beaten with a club which removes adhering soil and breaks off the thin, brittle lateral rootlets. Lateral branches, root crown and stem remains on roots are carefully trimmed with the help of knife.
On an average yield from one hectare land under commercial cultivation is approx 3-5 quintals of dried roots and 50-75 kg seeds.
Dear Mr. Gupta
Can you kindly provide us the area in India for the 30 off crops listed by you? It would be very usefull if we can also be educated on the production and its market value as of last year.
Thanking you in advance
Demand (in tonnes)
Annual Growth Rate (%)
Vatsnabh has a annual growth rate as high as 30% followed by Senna at 21%.
our soil type is red soil and temp is 26-36.
can u suggest any good medicinal plants.
having good market in demand.and the processer.
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