Green house Technology for Vegetables
Vegetable forcing for domestic consumption:
During winters in
north Indian plains and hills, the temperature and solar radiations are sub-optimal for
growing off-season vegetables tomato, capsicum, brinjal, cucurbits, okra, cowpea,
amaranth and chilli. In tomato, low temperature and low radiation cause puffiness and
blotchy ripening. Hence, during extreme conditions of winter season (October-February)
these vegetables can be well cultivated under polyhouse.
environment could be well adopted in home gardens at slightly high altitude where winter
is prolonged. A small-sized polyhouse can be made over uncultivable landscape, even on
roof/terrace receiving sunlight for growing chilli, tomato, brinjal, summer squash and
okra in pots and other containers. The high-priced vegetables asparagus, leek,
tomato, cucumber and capsicum are most important crops for production around
metropolis and big cities during winter season or off-season.
Raising off-season nurseries:
The cucurbits are warm
season crops. They are sown in last week of February or in first week of March when night
temperature is around 18-200C. But in polyhouse their seedlings can be raised
during December and January in polythene bags protected from cold winds and frost. By
planting these seedlings during January-end or first week of February, their yield could
be taken in one and one-and a half months in advance than the normal method of direct
sowing. This technology fetches the bonus price due to marketing of produce in the
Similarly, in plains
as well as in temperate regions of the country, the seedlings of tomato, Chilli, capsicum
and brinjal can be grown under plastic cover protecting them against frost and severe
cold. The environmental condition particularly increase in temperature inside polyhouse,
may have hastened the germination and early growth of warm season vegetable seedlings for
raising early crops in spring-summer.
potato, pointed-gourd and ivy gourd are sensitive to low temperature. The propagating
materials of these vegetables can be well-maintained under polyhouse in winter season
before planting their cuttings in early spring-summer season for higher profit.
Selection of seeds: It
is imperative to have better quality seed possessing genetic characters suited to the
environment in which it is grown. Good vegetable seed must be true-to name, viable,
disease- and pest-free, free from weeds, dirt and other foreign materials.
cultivars: Cultivars suitable for open field condition are usually suitable for polyhouse
cultivation. But relatively rapid-maturing cultivars and high-yielding hybrids are ideal.
The selection of cultivars and hybrids depend on plant type and their growth behaviour.
Tomato cultivars and hybrids should be indeterminate type. The plants are grown upright as
a single stem rather than bush. The cucumber cultivars should be unique. They should have
only female flowering habit, with dark green parthenocarpic (seedless) fruits free of
Vegetable Seed Production:
Seed production in
vegetables is the limiting factor for cultivation of vegetables in India. The vegetables
require specific temperature and other climatic conditions for flowering and fruit
setting. Some vegetables are grown in one part of the country but their seed production is
restricted to another part. To reduce such microclimatic condition a protected environment
is essential. Summer squash requires a mild climate for flowering, fruit setting and fruit
development, and seed formation. Therefore, its seed production is only restricted to
hilly region of north India in summer season. But nowadays seed production of summer
squash Australian Green and `Pusa Alankar is also feasible in north
Indian plains in a low-and medium-cost greenhouse. Similarly, seed production of highly
remunerative crops tomato,capsicum and cucumber is also performed under
protected environment. The maintenance of purity of different varieties/lines can be
achieved by growing them under greenhouse without giving isolation distance particularly
in cross-pollinated vegetables onion, cauliflower and cabbage. To get proper
pollination and fruit set in onion, summer squash, cucumber and bittergourd, the bee-hives
are kept inside during flowering.
in low-and medium-cost greenhouse is a technical reality in India. Such production system
has not only extended the growing season of vegetables and their availability but also
encouraged conservation of different rare vegetables. The seed production of vegetables
under protected environment is also a major step to increase vegetable production in