Horticulture crops are growing in 121281.00 ha area in Shimoga district, i.e, 43.03% of the net cultivating area in the district and more than 15% in the state. Cultivation of plantation and spice crops are more in malnad regions where in semimalnad regions farmers are cultivating fruits and vegetables along with plantation and spice crops. Earlier day’s arecanut cultivation was traditionally restricted to the malnad regions only but now due to increased demand cultivation is extending to semimalnad regions. As the climatic condition is favorable for the cultivation of areca nut(92,181 ha), coconut (6.040 ha), and cocoa hence cultivation of these crops is practicing.
Cultivation of Ginger (3,828 ha), Black pepper (4,131 ha.), Cardamom (110 ha.), Tree spice and Nutmeg crops are very popular. Fruit crops like Banana(6,321 ha.), Mango (3,618 ha.) and pineapple (1,475ha) etc., are cultivating. In semimalnad regions, vegetable crops like Chilli, Beans, Brinjal, Tomato cabbage and leafy vegetables cultivation is practicing among these chilli is a major crop, apart from chilli all other vegetables are growing in a small scale.