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  Elecampane (Inula helenium )
Market Products:   (root);   (root);     Market size: 800 hectares (world), 25 ha (North America).   Prospects: prices same, volume same
Culture Seed density: 600-800 seeds/gram   Exposure: full sun   Soil: moist, deep, well-drained   Crop duration: 2 years.
    Sowing rate: 400-600g/ha (direct); 5g/1000plants (indirect).   Planting: direct sowing not recommended. Start in plugs 8 weeks before spring or late summer field planting.   Field spacing: 90cm between rows x 45cm within rows.   Yield: 2500kg/ha (year 2).   Pests: few problems   Diseases: erysiphe powdery mildew (late summer), ramularia leafspot, puccinia rust.   Buyers want: not less than 1.8% volatile oil, not more than 6-8% ash, not less than 27% water-soluble extractive, not more than 2% foreign matter.  
  Sowing rate: 5g/1000plants.   Planting: sow in plugs, seedflats or seed beds. Germination in 4-7 days.   Seeds to finished plugs: 8 weeks.   Plugs to saleable plants: 2-6 weeks.   Pests: spider mite, whitefly   Diseases: few problems.  
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