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Figure 6.8 Effect of bud size on the fresh weight of ginger rhizomes.

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Figure 6.8 Effect of bud size on the fresh weight of ginger rhizomes.

water, which restricts sprouting of young buds and often causes the buds to shrivel. So thicker cover materials should be used to ensure good sprouting.

Standard of Bud Size: Ginger buds are of three types: (1) big buds, which are longer than 2 cm and 0.8 to 1.0 cm thick; (2) medium buds, which are 1 to 2 cm long and about 1 cm thick; and (3) small buds, which are shorter than 1 cm and are 0.5 to 0.7 cm thick. The effect of the bud size on growth and yield has been studied (Table 6.9). The result showed that big buds sprout earlier and grow quicker in the seedling stage. But the leaf area is smaller in the active growing stage, and grows slower in later stages, leaves show premature senility, and the yield is not high. While medium and small buds sprout later and grow slower than big buds in the seedling stage, but their growing speed quickens in the active growing stage, and their vigor exceeds that of big buds (Figure 6.8). Hence, it is generally felt that the bud size should be 0.5 to 2.0 cm long and 0.5 to 1.0 cm thick. Buds should be white and fresh and bright, and the bud's body should be fat and the top obtuse and rounded (Zhao and Xu, 1992).

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