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Bottlegourd (Round) - 25 g

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One vegetable that your well balanced meal needs is the Bottle Gourd or the calabash gourd. Bottle Gourd is a vine belonging to the Cucurbita family that is cultivated for its fruit. The bottle gourd is yellowish - green in colours and has a white spongy flesh. It is an excellent low calorie vegetable that is packed with all essential minerals and vitamins.

Lights, Water, Action

Got the seeds, now, let'em shoot!

  • Bright Indirect Sunlight

    Light

    Full Sunlight

  • Water Once A Week

    Watering

    Water everyday

  • Indoor

    Where to grow

    Balcony or terrace

  • Average Warmth

    Time Till Harvest

    8-10 weeks

  • Low Maintenance

    Seasonal Information

    Summer

Did You Know

Growth stages

One step at a time, with a lil water and light.

Sow the seeds in a big pot and water it daily

Sow the seeds 0.5 cm deep in well composted soil

Make sure the plant gets partial sunlight

Space the seedlings 100cm by 150cm

Create a support system for the leaves and stems

Germination will take place in 6-8 days

Create a support system for the leaves and stems

Harvest in 55-60 days from sowing

Sow, Grow, Reap

Good things take time and care

Take a seedling tray with medium sized cells & drainage holes at the

Sowing

  • Bottle gourd seeds can be grown in containers or on raised beds.
  • If you opt for growing bottle gourd in a container, choose a circular pots or grow bag with 16” diameter and minimum depth of 8-10 inches.
  • Make sure your container has proper drainage holes at the bottom
  • Ideal growing medium for bottle gourd seeds is 1 part Garden Soil + 1 part Coco Peat + 1 part Vermicompost Or 2 part Garden Soil + 1 part Organic Manure.
  • Fill your container with the growth medium of your choice.
  • Sow 2 seeds at the centre of a pot.
  • On raised beds, sow two seeds per spot in a spacing of 3 x 3 ft.
  • Place your seeds on the surface of the medium and use the inside with the tip of a pencil and cover the surface with growing medium.
  • Water the sown seed bed immediately by a light shower with a watering can.
  • Before sowing the seeds, add good quality organic manure in the soil with 2:1 ratio. Organic manure can be well rotten cow dung manure, farmyard manure, Compost or Vermicompost.
Fill the cells/cups with a moist coco-peat medium

Caring

  • Your bottle gourd seeds will germinate within the first 6 - 8 days. You will notice tiny sprouts growing at this stage.
  • Second week onwards, seedlings will start growing into a small plant.
  • After the second week, keep only single seedling at one spot, Cut off the weak, small & lagging seedlings with a pair of scissors.
  • Bottle gourds require full sunlight to grow. Make sure that your raised beds and containers get sufficient sunlight.
  • Water your potted Bottle Gourd plant every day in summer.
  • For an even shower use a Watering can to water your plants or use a drip irrigation system.
  • Being an aggressive climber, bottle gourd needs a lot of space to grow. So develop a strong trellis support up to height of 5-6 ft, by using locally available material like pipes, bamboo, ropes, wires etc. for your Bottle Gourd plant.
  • When your bottle gourd plant is more than 45 days old, provide one tablespoon of 15:15:15 (NPK) Fertilizer per plant or mix handful of Vermicompost in the soil around each plant.
  • Keep an eye out for early signs of any insect/fungal/ any other infections and spray appropriate medicines.
  • By the end of second month ( 50-60 days after sowing ), bottle gourd climber will start flowering.
  • Raw bottle gourd can be harvested 2 months after sowing the seeds. Harvesting season can continue for next 3 months.
Hold the seeds and sow 2-3 seeds per cell/cup. Since Lavender seeds are small in size, do not sow them deep

Common Problems

Bottle gourd plant is not growing fruits.
Insufficient pollination is a big factor that can hamper the growth of bottle gourds. If sufficient pollination does not take place, the female flower will grow initially, but will die and fall off eventually. To increase pollination you can opt for hand pollination using a brush.
Why are my bottle gourd seedlings wilting?
Overwatering is the main cause for wilting. Too much water can drown your seedlings and deprive their roots of air, which leads to wilting and your seedlings might eventually die.
Why are my Bottle gourd seeds not germinating?
Growing conditions like moisture, improper soil temperature, over watering or under watering can all be a reason why your seeds are not germinating.

Spill the tea

All the plant gossip, through the grapevine. Pun intended

Plants growing in containers need more fertilizing than those in the ground. The more you water, the more quickly you flush the nutrients out of the soil.

Plants with benefits

The Bottle Gourd is every dietician’s favourite vegetable. This versatile vegetable is made up of almost 90% water, which means it is very low in calories. Along with being a low calorie vegetable, bottle gourd has negligible amount of fats, high fibre content and a wide array of other essential nutrients. The bottle gourd is also extremely low in carbohydrates and has a very low glycaemic index making is suitable to be consumed by diabetic people too! Being alkaline, it is a great vegetable to add to your diet if you are battling any urinary infections.

Plants growing in containers need more fertilizing than those in the ground. The more you water, the more quickly you flush the nutrients out of the soil.

What you get

100 grams of Bottle Gourd contains just about 15 calories. This low calorie wonder is packed with both soluble and insoluble fibre which is helpful in keeping your gut flora healthy. It is low in saturated fats, and high in Vitamin C, Riboflavin, zinc, thiamine, iron, magnesium and manganese. It also contains other essential minerals like sodium and potassium .

Plants growing in containers need more fertilizing than those in the ground. The more you water, the more quickly you flush the nutrients out of the soil.
Plants growing in containers need more fertilizing than those in the ground. The more you water, the more quickly you flush the nutrients out of the soil.

Green trivia

1.Bottle Gourd is also known as bottle squash and calabash gourd.

2.Bottle gourd is one of the lowest calorie vegetables.

3.The tender leaves and tendrils of the bottle gourd plant are also edible

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Frequently Asked Questions

What growing medium should I use to grow Bottle Gourd seeds?

Ideal growing medium to grow bottle gourd seeds is 1 part Garden Soil + 1 part Coco Peat + 1 part Vermicompost Or 2 part Garden Soil + 1 part Organic Manure.

How often should I water Bottle Gourd?

Water your potted Bottle Gourd plant every day in summer.

How much sunlight does bottle gourd need?

Bottle gourd prefers full sunlight.

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