Greater Cardamom, Badi Elaichi - Plant

Cardamom/Ilaichi/Elaichi is referred as-Queen of Spices. It is actually a dried fruit of a tall perennial plant.
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About Greater Cardamom

Tall, perennial, evergreen plant with rhizomes, about 90-100 cm height;leaves oblong lanceolate, 30-60 cm in length, shoots formed by long sheath-like stalks encircling one another;spikes globose, very dense and shortly peduncled;spikes areglobose, very dense and shortly peduncled;flowers white in colour;Fruit capsules 2.

5 cm long, irregular obcordate, echinate, trilocular, dark red-brown in color, containing severalaromatic seeds in each cell which held together by a pulp.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name genera Elettaria,cardamom, Baara aliach, Mothi Elayachi
Maximum Reachable Height 6.00 to 15.00 feet
Flower Colour parple
Bloom Time April to May
Difficulty Level Moderate to Hard

Planting and care

Frequent watering 1 week to 2 weeks interval is required during the hot summer months.
Make sure the soil has enough moisture level all the time(at least 45-50%).
Overhead irrigation process/method is best suited to Cardamom plantations.

Greater Cardamom care

Best time for planting cardamom is in monsoons i.e. from June to July. Light drizzles and cloudy days best suited for its planting.

Sunlight Full Sun
Watering Medium to wet
Soil well-drained soil
Temperature 15°C to 35°C
Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer
Harvest Season Cardamom starts to bear fruit from the third year after planting.

Greater Cardamom special feature

Cardamom fruits are called capsules. Inside the fruits there are seeds of the plant, which are actually used as spice.
Cardamom leaves also emit aroma when you rub them, you can also make tea of them.

Greater Cardamom uses

Ornamental Use:

  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose

Medicinal Use:

  • It has been traditionally used as an appetizer, a digestant as well as an antispasmodic as recommended by Indian Ayurveda
  • It stimulates the heart and has also been used as an expectorant
  • The seeds are also used as constituents of mouthwashes

Culinary Use:

  • Cardamom has a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic, resinous fragrance
  • It is a common ingredient in Indian cooking

Frequently Asked Questions

Cardamom is which part of plant?

Cardamom is pod developed from flower in which small black seeds are present.

How to grow Cardamom plant at home?

To grow Cardamom plant consider the following points 1. To grow Cardamom plant in pot, choose a pot having of 7-10 inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 2. Fill the 1/3 pot with well drained soil rich in organic content and place the plant in the center of the pot. 3. Fill the remaining pot with same soil. 4. Keep the plant in indirect bright light location for 2-3 days and then gradually move to a location that receives more than 6 hours of direct sunlight. 5. Once the plant is overgrown in current pot, plant it in field. If you are planting purchased plant directly in ground follow below procedure. 1. Keep the plant in indirect bright light for 3-4 days and gradually move to a location receiving direct sunlight for more than 6 hours a day. 2. Dig a pit twice the size of the bag/pot the current plant is in. 3. Fill the 1/3 of pit with soil rich in organic content, place the plant in center and fill the pit with same soil. 4. Apply water. General caring tips- Plant should get more than 6 hours of sunlight a day. Water the plant when surface soil (1-2 inch) feels dry to touch. Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season (May-June).

Can Cardamom grow in water?

No,Cardamom can not be grow in water.

Can I plant Cardamom seeds?

Yes,Cardamom Plant is grown by seeds and rhizomes. Fully ripe seeds are extracted from ripe capsules for planting.

Is Cardamom a medicinal plant?

Cardamom is spice crop and it is used in different medicines to cure liver related diseases.Note- please consult your health advisor before application or consuming of plants or plant parts

Where to plant Cardamom?

You can plant a Cardamom plant preferably outdoors, in pot or in ground at a spot receiving below growing conditions for the plant - 1. Natural direct bright sunlight for more than 6 hours a day preferably in morning. 2. Soil should be nutrient rich and well drained. 3. Apply Water when soil (1-2 inch) feels dry to touch. 4. Once the plant is overgrown in current pot, plant it in field. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

Cardamom plant flower?

Yes, Cardamom plant flowers during April-May month.

How many Cardamom plants per acre?

Cardamom accommodates 400 plants per acre at 2 x 2 m sq. distance

Which part of the Cardamom plant is used as a spice?

Cardamom pods are used as a spice.

How does Cardamom plant look like?

Cardamom is a tall growing herbaceous perennial plant with branched subterranean rhizomes.Leafy shoots of the cardamom plant are 1.5 to 6 meter long. Flowering shoot is approximately 1 meter long.

When to plant Cardamom?

To plant Cardamom plants May-June months are the best period.

How to grow Cardamom?

Cardamom plant is grown by seeds and rhizomes. Consider the following points to grow plant. 1. Sunlight- More than 6 hours of natural direct bright sunlight is required. 2. Soil- Soil or potting mixture should be well drained, fertile and nutrient rich. 3. Water- Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch. 4. Fertilizer - Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season(May and September). Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

How to grow Cardamom plant from seed?

To grow Cardamom plant through seed consider the following points 1. Use a pot having 7-10 inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 2. Fill the pot with well drained soil. To sow seeds make a hole about 1/2 inch in soil, place seeds in it, cover with soil and apply water. 3. Maintain the moisture in soil by applying water if soil in pot (1-2 inch) feels dry to touch. 4. Keep the pot at a location receiving indirect bright light. Seeds will germinate within 30 days. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com



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Thursday, 13 February 2020

Great plant..looked nice.

करूणा गुप्ता

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

I am satisfied with the plants.

Kishor Kumar

Monday, 25 November 2019

Absolutely no complaints! Beautiful plant, great packaging, prompt delivery.

Mohanisha Janghel
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