In May, you can sow two seeds to a 10cm pot of general-purpose compost in the airing cupboard or a propagator. If one of the seeds does not germinate, discard it. They need at least 18°C to germinate but will emerge quicker if the temperature increases. The soil is not essential to Dudi. A plot with less fertile soil is an asset because it restricts the growth of vines that can grow to over 4m in height. The best place to grow is in full sunlight, protected from strong winds. The plants must be started indoors and transplanted when all danger of frost has passed.
CARE AFTER GERMINATION OF BOTTLE GOURDS
Place the plants in a trench lined with half-decayed leaf mold or plenty of compost. As with beans, Bottle Gourds need a sturdy framework made of posts no thinner than 5cm x 5cm. As soon as the plants have two or three true leaves, harden them off, and plant them outside once the temperature outside is warm enough. Soon after transplanting, cover the young plants with horticultural fleece or even newspaper if the nights are cool. The roots of established plants are surprisingly resistant to cold once they are established. During dry weather, regular watering is crucial, as the large leaf area quickly dehydrates.
BOTTLE GOURDS USES AND HEALTH BENEFITS
The seeds and skin of young Bottle Gourd (Lagenaria siceraria) are edible, but as the plant matures, its tenderness decreases. Preparing bottle gourds to use in your favorite recipes is easy if you know a few tips. The bottle gourd is a water-rich vegetable that is a good source of vitamin C, K, and calcium. It helps in maintaining a healthy heart and brings down harmful cholesterol levels. Diabetic patients can also benefit from the juice as it stabilizes blood sugar levels and maintains blood pressure.
Note: Information provided for guidance only, as cultural practices and climatic circumstances vary.
Product Type: Bottle Gourd Seeds
USDA Zone: 10-12
Feature: Easy Growing
Soil: Fertile, Moist
Harvest Time: 55-75 days
Scientific name: Lagenaria siceraria
Higher classification: Lagenaria
Species: L. siceraria
Type: Beneficial Vegetable
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