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  Lobelia (Lobelia inflata )
Market Products:   (seed, herb);     Market size: 9,000 hectares (world), 1,700 ha (North America)   Prospects: prices up, volume stable
Culture Seed density: 30,000 seeds/gram   Exposure: full sun   Soil: light, rich soil   Crop duration: 1 year
  Sowing rate: 0.2-1kg/ha (direct), 0.1kg/ha (indirect).   Planting: sow in plugs or seedflats 12 weeks before field planting. Harvest herb when upper flowers are in bloom and lowest flowers have developed seed capsules when lobeline and lobelidine alkaloid content highest.   Field spacing: 30cm between rows x 15cm within rows.   Yield: dry herb 1100kg/ha (year 1).   Pests: wireworms   Diseases: cercospora, phyllosticta and septoria leaf spots.   Buyers want: no data.  
  Sowing rate: 0.5g/1000 plants.   Planting: sow in plugs 14 weeks before sale.   Seeds to finished plugs: 10 weeks.   Plugs to saleable plants: 4-6 weeks.   Pests: few problems   Diseases: few problems.  
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