Bottle gourd growing herbaceous vine of the genus Lagenaria also known as Lagenaria siceraria or Calabash, Bottle gourd annual plant grown for edible fruits but with right care used for the ornamental fruits, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropical, temperate or tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 4+
Leaves edible color green the leaf have five lobes.
Flower color white, there are female and male flower on the same plant.
Bottle gourd edible or ornamental fruits
Fruit color is green sometimes with white spots, the shape can be bottle, round, oval or pear shape. The size 10-40+ cm, when the fruits young the fruits edible and the flesh is white with the light green peal, when the fruits mature they used for ornamental
Seeds are edible color white-brown and edible after roasted.
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How to grow Bottle gourd growing and care:
Mulch the ground, trellising, well-drained soil
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Attacked easily, when the plant attacked in the base if not treatment well it will die
Spring to summer, but better in the spring and in hardiness zone 4-7 need to start in the middle of the winter indoor, the plant need enough hot days when mature to bear fruits without, if the plant won’t be with mature fruits in the autumn or the plant won’t bear fruits or the fruits will die before fully ripen, also better to choose cultivar that bear the fruits faster.
How to plant:
Planting in well ventilated soil, dig bigger hole than the plant and put organic matter, humus and dead leaves
Pests and diseases:
Powdery mildew, aphids, moth, virus, beetles
All the season
How to prune:
Infected leaves needed to take out, also try to clean them infected part
Size of the plant:
3-5 m 9-15 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, planting in containers need to be at least 20L (5 gallons) possible in 10L (2.5 gallons) but it will keep the plant really small, well-drained soil, the plant not react well to overwater, need to make enough holes in the container for good drainage also choosing soil for container important and need to be soil well ventilated, can be potting mix or peat soil with perlite, when use bottom for the pot need that it will dry in the same day.
Spring / Summer / Autumn
General information about the flower
White flower with five lobs, there are female and male flowers
Pollination is done by:
Fruit harvest season:
Summer / Autumn
Fruits pests or diseases:
What can be done with big quantities of Bottle gourd fruits?
Cooked, salad, roasted,
Work requirements on the fruit:
Trellising the plant that the fruit won’t grow on the ground
How long does it take to bear fruit?
Leaves harvesting season
Spring / Summer / Autumn
How to harvest the leaves?
After the plant establish trim fully grown young leaves
Information about leaves:
Green the leaf have five lobes
Uses of Bottle gourd leaves:
How to grow bottle gourd from seed
How to grow Acorn squash from seeds
Easy to sow no special treatment, sowing temperature 15-40C (65-104F) but better to sow in 21-25C (70-77F)
Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry place
Spring (but in warm weather possible in the summer) and in cold climate start in the winter indoor
How to plant:
Better to plant it in light soil that will be well ventilated and keep the moist like vermiculite
Planting spacing – How far apart to plant:
Depend if trellising 40*50cm (16*20 inches) when crawling 1*1.25m (40-50 inches), sowing to transplanting 5*5cm (2*2 inches)
Depth of Sowing:
1-2cm (0.5-1 inch) from the top
Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, full sun
Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water, don’t let it dry
Condition of seedling:
Warm weather, big amount of water, full sun, place to trellising
Alternative names: Lauki plant, Calabash, White-flowered gourd, Long melon, New Guinea bean