How to grow Caigua

Caigua grow and care – herbaceous vine of the genus Cyclanthera also known as Kaywa or Cyclanthera pedate, Caigua perennial evergreen in cold climate grow as annual plant and also used as ornamental plant, can grow in tropic , subtropical, mediterranean or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 7+

Leaves edible color green, leaves size 7-15 cm and divided to 5+ lobes, young shoots edible.

Flower color white, there is male and female flower on the same plant.

Caigua fruits

Fruit color is green in shape elliptic to shapeless some of the fruit have soft spikes, inner part fleshy when mature become hollow, the color of the inner part is white, the fruit sometime consider as pods and the seeds black.

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How to grow Caigua growing and care:

Warm weather, trellising

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:

Planting season:

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
For design

Size of the plant?
5-12 m, 15-36 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower
White flowers, male and female flower on the same plant

Pollination is done by:
Bees +

Edible Fruit

Fruit harvest season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn

Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds, slugs

What can be done with big quantities of Caigua fruits?
Eat raw, cooked, pickles, stuffed

Work requirements on the fruit:
Collect in the right time depend on what to do with the fruit

How long does it take to bear fruit?
0.5 year

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
All years

How to harvest the leaves?
Can be cut just the leaves or with the young shoots

Information about leaves:
Green leaves size 7-15 cm and divided to 5+ lobes

Uses of Caigua leaves:
Eat raw, cooked

Scientific name:

Cyclanthera pedata

How to grow Caigua

Caigua plant


Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Fruit
  • Edible Seeds
Culinary uses
  • Cooked
  • Stuffed or Wrapped
  • Vegetables
Flower colors
  • Yellow flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Summer Harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental fruit
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Annual plant
  • Herbaceous
Plant Uses
  • Edible plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Spring Planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 4
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9