Digitalis plant production techniques and processes

The botanical name of  Digitalis is Digitalis lanata Ehrh.;  it belongs to the family  Scrophulariaceae. It is a medicinal plant 

Varieties: Strain E.C. 115996 is reported to five higher foliage yield with high glycoside content

Soil and climate: A well drained sandy soil rich in organic matter and slightly acidic in reaction is suitable. It requires a cool and mild climate and comes up well in hill slopes.

Planting season: May - June.

Seeds and sowing: Propagated by seedlings.

Seed rate: 8 kg/ha.

Spacing: 45 x 30 cm.

Manuring

Basal: Apply FYM 10 t/ha, N and P at 30, 50 kg/ha respectively.

Top dressing: 30 kg N as foliar application on 60th and 180th day after planting.

Aftercultivation: Give 1 - 2 weedings in the initial stages.

Harvest: 8 - 10 cm long leaves (excluding petiole) are collected between July and August from the first year crop and second harvest taken one and half months later. Dry the leaves by passing hot wind at 600 C. 2 - 3 harvests can be done.

Yield: 2000 - 3000 kg of dried leaves/ha.

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