Shakarkandi Bail (Ipomoea batatas) is a perennial climbers growing to 3 m (9ft 10in) at a fast rate. It is hardy frost tender. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH mildly acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. Shakarkandi bail is a traditional Indian dish made with sweet potato, spices, and herbs. It is typically served as a side dish or as an appetizer.
– Shakarkandi bail is a good source of vitamins and minerals.
– It is low in calories and fat.
– It is a good source of dietary fiber.
– It helps in regulating blood sugar levels.
– It aids in digestion and prevents constipation.
– It is good for the heart and helps in lowering cholesterol levels.
– It boosts the immune system.
– It is anti-inflammatory and helps in reducing joint pain.
– It is good for the skin and helps in preventing acne.
How to care:
– Shakarkandi bail should be stored in a cool and dry place.
– It should be consumed within a week of preparation.
– Leftover bail can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.
Water containers once a week if your area hasn’t received an inch of rain. Add water until some runs out the drainage hole to ensure that the entire root zone is moist. Water more frequently during heat waves, in full sun locations, or when growing the vine is a container made from a porous material such as clay.
Type of Soil
The best type of soil for Shakarkandi bail is a well-drained sandy loam soil. The soil should be rich in organic matter and have a pH range of 6.0 to 7.0.
Shakarkandi bail requires a moderate amount of fertilizer for proper growth and development. A balanced fertilizer with an NPK ratio of 10-10-10 can be used. The fertilizer should be applied 2-3 times during the growing season.
Pest and Disease control:
Shakarkandi bail is susceptible to pests such as aphids, whiteflies, and mealybugs. It is also susceptible to diseases such as powdery mildew, root rot, and leaf spot. Proper pest and disease control measures should be taken to prevent these problems.
Shakarkandi bail is ready to harvest 4-5 months after planting. The tubers can be harvested by digging them up with a spade or a shovel.
Shakarkandi bail can be propagated by seeds or tubers. The seeds should be sown in well-drained sandy loam soil. The tubers can be planted in the same type of soil.
Shakarkandi bail can be used as an ornamental plant in the landscape. It can be grown in containers or in the ground.