Snake gourd contains a rich variety of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are essential for human health, including significant levels of dietary fiber, a small number of calories, and high levels of protein. In terms of vitamins, it possesses vitamins A, B, C, as well as manganese, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, and iodine.

Plant Large plant, Vine
Maturity Harvest starts from 90-95 days from sowing
Environment Well-drained red loamy soil. Natural full sunlight. 6 to 8 hrs.
Height after growth Long, Vine
Planting Season Summer Season
Watering Daily, Water whenever surface soil is dry.
Planting & Growing Instructions Direct seeds sowing. Sow the seeds 2 cm deep. Regularly apply nutrients and plant protection. Bed Sowing in 24 inches to 3 feet distance.
Note: Used as seeds only and not for consumption. Seeds to be sown before the expiry date.

Planting And Care:

  • Snake gourd can be grown both in containers and on raised beds. For growing in containers, choose circular pots or grow bags with 16” diameter and at least 8-10 inches deep.
  • On raised beds, sow two seeds with a spacing of 3 x 3 ft.
  • Lightly press the seeds into the growing mix with your fingers and water with a light water shower with the help of a watering can.
  • Add a good quality organic manure in the soil with a 2:1 ratio, which can be either well rotten cow dung manure, farmyard manure, Compost, or Vermicompost.
  • Fill the cells/cups with a moist coco-peat medium

Bottle gourd Special Pride Care:

  • The seeds will germinate and sprout in 6 to 8 days and the seedlings will start growing into a small plant by the second week
  • After the second week, retain the healthiest seedling per spot and carefully remove the weaker of the two with the help of scissors.
  • Snake gourds require full sunlight to grow. Make sure that your raised beds and containers get sufficient sunlight and water your plant every day in summer using either a watering can or drip irrigation system.
  • The snake gourd is an aggressive climber and would require a 5-6 ft tall strong trellis system.
  • At 45 days from sowing, add a handful of Vermicompost in the soil around each plant.
  • Watch out for infestations and spray the plant with appropriate horticultural spray to keep them at bay.
  • Snake gourd can be harvested 2 months (60 days) after sowing the seeds and harvesting season can continue for the 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

The snake gourd plant is not growing fruits.
Insufficient pollination is a big factor that can hamper the growth of snake 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 snake-gourd seedlings wilting?
Overwatering is the main cause of 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 snake gourd seeds not germinating?
Growing conditions like moisture, improper soil temperature, overwatering or under watering can all be a reason why your seeds are not germinating.

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