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Bottlegourd Seeds (Long)

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Description For Bottlegourd Seeds (Long)

Also called as long melon, bottle gourd can be used as a vegetable when it is young or can be used as bottle, utensil or pipe when it is completely dried. It is a fast growing annual climber that requires adequate sunlight for flowering and fruiting.

How to grow Bottlegourd from Seeds

Introduction and Uses: Bottle Gourd also known as Lauki / Doodhi is one of the healthiest vegetables you can have in your vegetable garden. It contains about 92% of water and minerals that have the potential to keep your body hydrated. Not only this, the amazing veggie contains vitamins C, K and calcium. It also helps to maintain a healthy heart, bring down cholesterol, stabilise blood sugar and maintain blood pressure.

Botanical Name: Lagenaria siceraria.

Sowing Season: Monsoon & Summer

Sowing method: Seeds are sown directly in raised beds or containers.

Growing container: Use big circular pots or grow bag with 16” diameter and minimum depth of 8-10 inches.

Growing medium: 1 part Garden Soil + 1 part Coco Peat + 1 part Vermicompost Or 2 part Garden Soil + 1 part Organic Manure.

Steps for seed sowing (Seed starting) in a container:

  • Take a container of your choice with drainage holes at the bottom.
  • Fill the container with proper potting layers & selected growing medium.
  • Sow 2 seeds at the centre of a pot.
  • Spacing: On raised beds, sow two seeds per spot in a spacing of 3 x 3 ft.
  • Push the seeds a little in soil medium with your fingers & completely cover them with surrounding soil.
  • Water the sown seed bed immediately by a light shower with a watering can.

  • Growth stages of Bottlegourd Seed:

  • Sprouting stage: Seeds will germinate within first 6-8 days or so & tiny sprouts will be visible.
  • Cotyledons: The first two leaves will emerge in the second week of germination. These are false leaves called as cotyledons.
  • First leaves: First leaves will emerge above cotyledons at the end of the second week.
  • Seedling stage: Second week onwards, seedlings will start growing into a small plant.
  • Thinning: After the second week, keep only single seedling at one spot, Cut off the weak, small & lagging seedlings with a pair of scissors.

  • How to take care for bottlegourd plant:

    Sunlight: Bottle Gourd plants require full sunlight. Therefore your raised bed should be made at a bright sunny spot. Keep the Bottle Gourd container under open sunlight.

    Watering technique: Water your potted Bottle Gourd plant every day in summer. Water the soil near the plant. Use a watering can to make sure that the plants get water in the form of the shower & not by a single flow. You can also make provision for watering by drip irrigation system for your raised beds.

    Trellis: Bottle Gourd is an aggressive climber & needs plenty 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.

    Manuring: As mentioned earlier, add good quality organic manure in the soil with 2:1 ratio before sowing seeds. Organic manure can be well rotten cow dung manure, farmyard manure, Compost or Vermicompost.

    Top dressing: When your Bottle Gourd climber 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. Buy fertilizers online.

    Plant care: Always look for the early signs of any insect/fungal/ any other infections. Spray appropriate medicines as soon as any symptoms of such diseases are spotted. Watch out for Powdery Mildew when plants are young.
    Note: Bottle Gourds have separate Male & female flowers on same plant. Fruits will be formed on female flower after pollination.

    Hand pollination of flowers: Take ‘pollens’ from male flowers on painting brush or cotton bud & dust them on ‘stigma’ of female flowers. This will increase overall production of Bitter Gourd. This step is not mandatory.

    Harvesting: ( 50-60 days) Bottle gourd climber will start flowering at the end of second month. You can start harvesting raw Bottle Gourd fruits after 2 months of seed sowing. Harvesting season can continue for next 3 months.


    Category Vegetable Seeds
    No.of Seeds Approx. 54 to 60 Seeds in 10 gm, 135 to 150 Seeds in 25 gm, 540 to 600 Seeds in 100 gm, 1350 to 1500 Seeds in 250 gm.
    Net Weight 10 gm to 250 gm
    Seed Rate 1.5 to 2 Kg/Acre
    Spacing (Row to Row X Plant to Plant) 100 cm x 100 cm
    Germination Time 6 to 8 days from sowing.
    Fertilizer Vegetable Mix 5 g Per Plant | Organic - Neemcake or vermicompost 10 g Per Plant
    Season of Sowing June - Sept, Feb - May
    Yield 18 to 20 ton /Acre


    SKU NUVSC045
    Product Weight 10 g to 250 g
    Product Height 15 cm
    Product Width 10 cm
    Product Depth 1 cm


    Customer Reviews

    Great seed Review by Sharad
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    It only took a week for it to grow after I planted the seeds. The plant is in great health. I can't wait for them to bear fruit! (Posted on 2/7/2019)

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