Scientifically Bottle gourd is known as Lagenaria siceraria and belongs to Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber family). It is also known as Calabash, and in India, it is popularly known as Lauki. It is a well known and widely cultivated fruiting vegetable in Indian subcontinent & around the world. Bottle gourd plant is a climber with spring like tendrils. The milky green colored fruits with white flesh are formed in various shapes and sizes; the long cylindrical and short round varieties are the most common ones.
How To Grow Bottle Gourd Seeds
It is easy to grow bottle gourd by seed sowing method throughout the year. Summer and monsoon are the best time to plant seeds.
Seeds are sown directly in small pits or on raised beds which germinate in 7-8 days.
Bottle gourd seedlings are very fast growing and quickly form the habit of a climber.
A strong trellis support should be built for the climber to grow. Many gardeners let the plant trail on the ground or allow it to climb on poles or roof of the house.
Bottle gourd should be grown in open and sunny locations.
Top dress the plant with a thick layer of Cocopeat and well-rotted manure in equal parts. Repeat this 2-3 times during the growing season.
Bottle gourd plant requires plenty of watering for growth. It requires abundant moisture all the time.
Continuous stopping and pinching of climber ensures very faithful and sharply plant.
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