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close this bookBio-Intensive Approach to Small-Scale Household Food Production (IIRR, 1993, 180 p.)
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Shade-tolerant vegetables

As plants are fitted together according to their various above-ground growth patterns, one should be aware of the plants' light and shade requirements so that they can benefit from the shade-light patterns and grow with minimum competition for light. Vegetables that grow best in the shade should be planted underneath larger ones.

Scientific Name

Common Name

Light Requirements

Zingiber officinale


requires about 50% shade

Colocasia esculenta


tolerates up to 50% shade

Basella alba


requires partial shade

Apium graveolens


requires partial shade

Cucumis sativus


requires partial shade

Lactuca sativa


requires light shade

Brassica oleracea var. capitata


requires light shade

Talinurn triangulare

Philippine spinach

tolerates light shade

Daucus carota


tolerates light shade

Solanum tuberosum

Irish potato

tolerates light shade