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NILAPPANA
1. Botany
2. Chemical Constituents
3. Medicinal Properties & Use
4. Soil & Climate
5. Propagation
6. Planting & Aftercare
7. Pest & Diseases
8. Harvest & Processing
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Planting  &  aftercare

Nilappana is a slow growing  and  less competitive crop.   Hence sufficient care should be given for its initial establishment  and growth.
The land is ploughed well with the onset of monsoon and raised beds of convenient length and 1m wide are taken.
FYM at the rate of 4 tonnes /acre is applied at the time of land preparation.
Fresh terminal tuber segments are planted in raised beds at a spacing of 15 x 10 cm.
Thin mulching with green leaves or straw is given immediately after planting. About 70-80% of tubers sprout within two months.

Since the tuber  elogation is vertically upwards as the plant grows,   earthing up two to three times  is essential to promote tuberization. Frequent weeding is also required to check weed competition.
Application of small doses of chemical fertilizers is also beneficial.