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Dragon Fruit cost of cultivation economics benefits and uses

Dragon Fruits Cost of Cultivation


A Dragon Fruit Tree is basically a cactus vine of the Species Hylocereus. It is native to Central Americas but now grown all over the world specially in the tropical countries. It is a Fast Growing vine which requires a vertical cement pole support to grow on and then a ring to fall like an umbrella.
It has a life span of 20+ years, hence proper selection of poles & rings is important. Special RCC poles are casted to ensure a strong & lasting support. Normally four plants per pole are planted to give maximum yield. Proper Pole to Pole and Row to Row spacing is maintained for free movement during harvesting and maintenance work. 

Basic nutrients & fertilizers are periodically applied as per the soil & water properties of each individual plantation. Metal framing is to be avoided as it may cause sun/heat burn to the plants.
Normally North-South rows are preferred in tropical climates where summer temperatures rise above 40 degrees. Excess sun heat may cause sunburn but remedial steps are easily available locally.

Not much disease effect this Plant, common problems like root rot, sunburn, bird attacks etc can be taken care of easily.


Dragon fruit - Pithaya, The ‘Wondrous Fruit’ of The 21st Century is set to ring in a revolution in the Indian horticulture scenario. It is a Boon to the farmers and consumers. Originally From The Central Americas It Is Successfully Grown Commercially In Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh And Now Knocking At Our Door In India.

Cultivation Method:-

Soil management

Dragon Fruit plants can tolerate any type of soil, however they grow well in well draining soils. Water retaining soils can cause root rot and to avoid this fatal factor, soil may be mixed with sand or tiny stone gravels to facilitate water drainage.

Climate require

India is a tropical country with moderate climate all round the year. Dragon fruit adapts well to tropical climates. Minor adjustments for extreme Indian climates can overcome all obstacles as far as climatic conditions are concerned. 


Dragon fruit being a cactus requires very less water as compared to other crops/fruits. It can survive without water for months. Best recommended method of irrigation is Drip irrigation. Irrigation by flooding is not recommended as it wastes water and increases work of weeding. Approximately 1 to 2 litres of water per day per plant is sufficient during the summer/dry days. Water requirement may increase or decrease depending upon your soil, climate and Plant health. 


Dragon fruit normally fruits after 18-24 months after plantation. It is a vegetative fruit plant which normally fruits during or after monsoons. It fruits in 3 to 4 waves during one season. Each Pole fruits approx 40 to 100 fruits per wave. Each fruit weighs about 300 to 1000 grams. One pole normally yields approx 15 to 25 kg of fruits. (Yield of 60/80kgs per pole have been reported in India) These fruits are sold in the market at Rs.300 to 400 per kg, but the general Farm rate is approx between Rs. 125 to 200 per kg.

A general calculation of annual income maybe calculated as follows:

One Acre x 400 Pole x 15 kg (least) x Rs.125 (Minimum) = Rs. 5,62,500=00 per Acre per Year.

Demand in India

A very few farmers in the Sates of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka & Tamil Nadu have taken up Dragon fruit cultivation in India. The total all india area of dragon fruit cultivation maybe less than 100 acres. The awareness and demand for this fruit is huge in India mainly for its taste, nutritional and medicinal properties. India imports 95% of its requirement from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. This fruit also has a great potentiality for exports to the Gulf, European Union and USA.

Annual Bearing Season:-

Dragon fruit bears fruits for five months every year, usually from early summer through mid-fall. 
It begins flowering in early summer, typically in June, with fruit formation occurring shortly afterward. Dragon fruit flowers are open in the evening and last only one evening. The flowers first form as small buttons, or buds, with two or three buds flowering within 13 days of their formation.
It takes the fruits about 50 days to reach maturity after flowering and pollination occurs, and the dragon fruit continues to flower and set new fruits throughout its fruit-bearing season.

Dragon fruit bears fruits for several months each year, and it can continue to produce fruits for decades when provided with adequate care and cultural conditions. Dragon fruit is a relatively long-lived perennial. It can produce its first fruits within one year of its establishment, and it can continue to fruit annually for 20 to 30 years before it begins to decline.

Dragon fruit can grow up to 40 feet tall, with the large and tall specimens producing more fruits than the small, young plants or those reaching the end of their lifespan. Warm weather and moist soil can increase the fruit-bearing season of a dragon fruit plant. In an area where temperatures remain above 80 degrees Fahrenheit, a dragon fruit may flower and set fruits beyond the normal bearing season.

In a cooler climate, the bearing season may be shorter than the usual five months. Cool nighttime temperatures may prolong flower life, giving the blooms more time to become pollinated before they wilt and die, but fruit set isn't affected when the days are warm. 

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Leptadenia reticulata Jivanti cost of cultivation of plant,seed and benefits

                Leptadenia reticulata a traditional medicinal plant species, is widely used in traditional medicine to treat various ailments such as tuberculosis, hematopoiesis, emaciation, cough, dyspnea, fever, burning sensation, night blindness, cancer, and dysentery. In Ayurveda, it is known for its revitalizing, rejuvenating, and lactogenic properties. This plant is one of the major ingredients in many commercial herbal formulations, including Speman, Envirocare, Calshakti, Antisept, and Chyawanprash. 

               The therapeutic potential of this herb is because of the presence of diverse bioactive compounds such as α-amyrin, β-amyrin, ferulic acid, luteolin, diosmetin, rutin, β-sitosterol, stigmasterol, hentriacontanol, a triterpene alcohol simiarenol, apigenin, reticulin, deniculatin, and leptaculatin. However, most biological studies on Leptadenia reticulata are restricted to crude extracts, and many biologically active compounds are yet to be identified in order to claim the traditional uses of Leptadenia. reticulata into evidence-based uses.

                At present, Leptadenia reticulata is a threatened endangered plant because of over exploitation, unscientific harvesting, and habitat loss. The increased demand from pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and veterinary industries has prompted its large-scale propagation. However, its commercial cultivation is hampered because of the non-availability of genuine planting material and the lack of knowledge on its agronomical practices. In this regard, micro propagation technique will be useful to obtain true-to-type Leptadenia reticulata planting materials from an elite germplasm to meet the current demand. 

                 Adopting other biotechnological approaches such as synthetic seed technology, cryopreservation, cell culture, and genetic transformation can warrant conservation as well as increased metabolite production from Leptadenia reticulata. The present review summarizes scientific information on the botanical, agronomical, phytochemical, pharmacological, and biotechnological aspects of  Leptadenia. reticulata. This comprehensive information will certainly allow better utilization of this industrially important herb towards the discovery of lead drug molecules.
Botanical aspects of Leptadenia reticulata

The Ayurvedic herb Leptadenia reticulata (Jivanti) is a member of the Asclepiadaceae plant family. Its taxonomic position is detailed as follows.


Leptadenia reticulata is referred by many names in Ayurveda such as Jivanti, Jivaniya, Jivapushpa, Hemavati, Jivana, Shakashreshtha, Payaswini, Maangalya, and Madhusrava. In Siddha medicine, it is known as Keerippaalai. In India, Leptadenia reticulata is also called by vernacular names as listed in below The genus Leptadenia is comprised of four species namely, Leptadenia pyrotechnica (Forssk.), Leptadenia. arborea (Forssk.), Leptadenia hastata (Pers.), and Leptadenia reticulata (Weight and Arn.). Among them, Leptadenia pyrotechnica is a desert herb with straight stems and mostly leafless, while others are twining shrubs and bear leaves. Because of its taxonomic complexity, these three species are further stated to be comprised as a single species. Most of these Leptadenia species are economically valued for their therapeutic properties. Among them, Leptadenia reticulata is one of the most important medicinal herbs used in Ayurveda for promoting vitality and life.

Vernacular names/Synonyms of Leptadenia reticulata

Hindi: Dori
Bengali: Bhadjivai
English: Jivanti or Jeevanti
Gujarati: Methidodi, Dodi saka / Dodi Saag, Dori
Marathi: Haranvel, Hiranvel
Kannada: Hiriyahalle
Sanskrit: Madhusrava, Jivniya, Jivapushpa or Jivani
Tamil: Palaikkodi
Telugu: Kalasa

Climate and soil

         The plant grows well in tropical and subtropical climate and requires moderate rainfall and relative humidity. This plant also grows in arid regions, which are characterized by sandy soil, low organic matter, and rainfall deficit.

         Black soil is found to be good for cultivation; however, red laterite soil is also suitable for its satisfactory growth. Open sunlight and support is necessary for healthy and vigorous growth.


Propagation technique

            Plants reproduce vegetatively from stem cuttings, roots, and vines. Evaluation of various planting materials such as stem cuttings, root cuttings, and vine cuttings revealed that propagation using healthy and strong stem cuttings is most successful among all parts. Maintenance of high humidity around the cutting was found to be a critical factor to reduce the evaporative loss of water from cuttings. 

            High humidity was maintained by covering the planting material with clear plastic bags. After rooting, the plastic bag can be removed. Treating the cuttings with root-promoting compounds is found to be a valuable tool in stimulating root formation. Newly rooted cuttings should not be planted directly. The plants can instead be transplanted into a container or a bed before transferring them to a permanent location to increase the chances of survival. Although the fruits contain fairly large quantity of seeds, the number of seedlings was less because of low germination rate and limited availability. Fruits turn ripe during November to December. 

           Seeds are collected before the fruits dehisce, and they are dried and stored. After soaking in water for 4–5 h, the seeds are sown on nursery bed with thick layer of sand. About 1–1.5-month-old seedlings were transferred to the main field. 

           The period of February-March is suitable for planting the cuttings. The cuttings of 12–15 cm long with 3–4 nodes were treated in anti fungal agent and root-inducing hormones to get better rooting response. Rooted cuttings were transferred to poly bags filled with Farm Yard Manure (FYM) and red earth in the ratio of 1:1 after 45 days. Three-month-old saplings intact in the soil were transferred to the plot prepared in the main field.

Spacing of propagules

            Intensive study was conducted at field level for yield and biomass by planting at different levels of spacing. Sapling survival rate at a spacing of 3 ft × 2 ft and nearly 7000 plants planted per Acre was found to be ideal for maximum yield.

Preparation of land and fertilizer

            The lands were ploughed three to four times and the soil was made finer. The plot of convenient size was prepared with good irrigation facility. The months of February and March are more favorable for planting the cuttings. Cuttings can also be planted directly in polybags or seed pan filled with mixture of sand, FYM, and red earth in the ratio of (1:1:1) for better results. 

            Leptadenia reticulata grows well in sandy loam to clay soil with pH 7.5–8.3. High content of FYM in soil was found to be more suitable for maximum growth and biomass. Different fertilizers such as arbuscular mycorrhizae (AM) (100 g soil/plant), FYM (8–10 tons/ha; 5.77 g/plant), Hexameal (an organic manure; 40 q/ha; 2.31 g), nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium (NPK): full dose (60:40:30 kg/ha), and NPK: half dose (30:20:15 kg/ha) were evaluated for optimum growth. 

            Results revealed that FYM-treated plants showed better plant growth compared to NPK treated plants after four months. The application of NPK (100:200:200 g/vine) showed a superior increase of plant growth, number of primary branches, plant spread, leaf area, and stem girth.

           As irrigation plays an important role, adequate amount of water needs to be supplied for the overall growth and development of the plant. Among different methods tested, such as sprinkle irrigation, surface irrigation, and drip or tickle irrigation, furrow irrigation is preferred twice a week for two to three months after planting in the field. Later, the irrigation may be done at an interval of 8–15 days. The drip or tickle irrigation, where water is supplied directly to the roots of the plants in small amounts.


Control of weeds

            Manual control of weeds and earthing up at regular intervals of one to two months is found to be beneficial.

Crop protection

            Control measures need to be undertaken against certain commonly infecting diseases and pests. Powdery mildew is reported to be a serious problem affecting the plant during the winter months. Various fungal diseases like leaf spot and leaf blight are also commonly observed. Infestation by leaf-eating caterpillars, aphids, and mites is commonly noticed which can be controlled manually or by spraying prophylactic sprays of monocrotophos (0.15%), dicofol (0.2%) etc. 

            To protect the crop from termites, the soil mixture should be treated with phorate granules before transplanting them. The use of Chlorpyrifos 20 EC in 20 mL L-1 water solution is beneficial to control termite attack. Methyl parathion dust 20 kg ha-1 and Nevacron 1 mL L-1 are used to control the manifestation of grasshoppers in the rainy season and aphids and ladybird beetles in the winter season, respectively. Leaf wilting is occasionally noticed at various stages and can be controlled by phytosanitary measures and drenching the affected vines with 0.15% carbendazim.

            Being a climber, Leptadenia reticulata needs a host plant or a stalk to support its growth. Healthy growth is noticed when the plant is grown in partial shady areas than in completely open areas. Therefore, it should be preferably intercropped at the base of certain common trees for support. 

            Intercropping is recommended for this plant to achieve the benefit of economizing water cost and controlling diseases and pests. Pests are less abundant when planted as intercrops than monocrops. The requirement of huge land space and physical support for climbing are other factors that increase the cost of cultivation when planted as a monocrop.


          The crop can be maintained in the field for 10–15 years. The harvesting is preferably done twice a year without removing the root, which can serve as a future planting material or a root stalk. It is reported that higher yield can be obtained when harvested after 12 months. 

          At this stage, the fresh yield of dry roots and biomass was found to be the maximum. Fruiting of Leptadenia reticulata takes place between December and February, maturation continues until May, and dehiscence takes place between June and July. The favorable season for harvesting is between January and February when the leaves dry up.

          After harvesting, the roots and leaves are cut into required size and dried retaining the moisture content at 10% for storing. 500 to 600 kilograms of dry weight areal part per Acre per year yield was reported. Second year yield is incrase up to 1200 to 1300 kg. Third year yield is increase upto 2500 to 3000 kg.

Cost of Cultivation (1 Acre) for 1st year.

planting material                  : -35000/

Field preparation                  : -2000/-

Fertilizer and Manure           : -3000/-

Intercultural operations         : -2000/-

Harvesting expenses               : -2000/-

Total Cost of Cultivation         : -44000/-

Earning from Leptadenia reticulata from 1 Acre

Production 5 to 7 quintal/1 acre (Minimum)

Earning (500*35)                   : -17500/-

Net Earnings 1st year. ( 17500-44000)=(-26500/-)

Cost of Cultivation (1 Acre) for 2nd year.

Fertilizer and Manure           : -3000/-

Intercultural operations         : -2500/-

Harvesting expenses               : -2500/-

Total Cost of Cultivation         : -8000/-

Earning from Leptadenia reticulata from 1 Acre

Production 12 to 14 quintal/1 acre (Minimum)

Earning (1200*30)                   : -36000/-

Net Earnings 2nd year. ( 36000-8000)=(28000/-)

Cost of Cultivation (1 Acre) for 3rd year.

Fertilizer and Manure           : -3000/-

Intercultural operations         : -3000/-

Harvesting expenses               : -3000/-

Total Cost of Cultivation         : -9000/-

Earning from Leptadenia reticulata from 1 Acre

Production 20 to 22 quintal/1 acre (Minimum)

Earning (2000*30)                   : -60000/-

Net Earnings 3rd year. ( 60000-9000)=(51000/-)

Total cost of three year cultivation.

1st year: 44000/-

2nd year: 8000/-

3rd year: 9000/-

Total : 61000

Total earning of three year.


Net income( 113500 – 61000)= 52500.

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