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Mridhula and Agni

Planting material

Propagated by single, double or three node semi-hard wood stem cuttings. Cuttings are planted in nursery beds of convenient length and 1 m width for rooting.

Land preparation

Prepare the land to a good tilth by ploughing two or three times. Make ridges of about 30 cm height and 50 cm apart for planting rooted cuttings. Two to three month old rooted cuttings can be planted on the ridges at a spacing of 15 cm in June-July.


Cattle manure or compost @ 10 t/ha may be applied as basal dose at the time of land preparation. The fertilizer dose for chethikoduveli is N:P2O5:K2O @ 50:50:50 kg/ha. Entire P2O5 has to be applied as basal dose and N and K2O in two split doses, 2 months and 4 months after planting.


The crop can be harvested in about 18 months after planting. After digging out, the root tubers are cleaned by washing in water and marketed.