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Cultivation of asishimbi - Canavalia gladiata DC., Censiformis se..

asishimbi :

Canavalia gladiata


There are two types of sword bean. White seeded varieties are bushy in nature whereas red seeded varieties are trailed over pandals.

Pole type varieties are to be planted at a spacing of 4 x 3 m whereas bush type varieties are to be planted at 60 x 60 cm. May-June and September-October are the usual sowing time and the seed rate followed is one or two seeds per pit. This can also be grown as border crop, intercrop and a shade crop.

SBS 1 is a variety of Sword bean grown in Tamil Nadu.


From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel


Sword bean matures in 110 - 120 days. Tender pods are ready for harvest from 75 days after sowing. As a pure crop it gives an average grain yield of 1356 kg/ha and green pod yield of 7500 kg/ha.

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