Calabash, organic seeds

Eco Heirloom variety

Information

Traditional gourds with fruits of various bottle shapes. Small unripe fruits are excellent to eat. A portion contains about 10 seeds.


 

Product number:3300
Scientific name:Lagenaria siceraria
Botanic family:The Squash Family - Cucurbitaceae
Organic:Yes
Lifespan:Annual
F1 Hybrid:No
New variety:No
Sowing time:Pre-cultivate: May
Sowing depth:3 cm
Germination time:15–30 days
Plant spacing:40 cm
Row spacing:75 cm
Height:200–300 cm
Plant location:Sun
Harvest/blooming:August–September
Seeds/g:4–5 seeds
Heirloom variety:Yes

Cultivation advice

Sowing

Sow about 3 cm deep indoors at the beginning of May and plant outdoors in warm soil, rich in humus, when the risk of frost is over. You get the best result in a green house, but it could also be bound up against a sunny wall in the southern part of the country.
Break off the male flower in the morning when the pollen is the most fertile and rub it on the stigma of the pistil of the female plant for reliable pollination, especially in green houses.  

Spacing

Keep about 40 cm between the plants!

Harvest

To speed up ripening you should cut the vines above one leaf above the fruit when the plant has 3-4 fruits. Let them remain on the vine for as long as possible without their getting frost burn. They are dried indoors and emptied of their dry contents. It is a good idea to wipe the fruits, with for instance spirits of acetic acid now and then, to prevent mildew during drying.

Seed

4-5 seeds/g.