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Lagenaria siceraria

Bottle Gourd, Calabash, Ipu

In Stock: 0.43 lb (Total:0.599lb)
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: Seed needs warm temperatures after sowing to germinate (75 degrees F +) 

Introducing Lagenaria Siceraria Bottle Gourd, Calabash, Ipu: The bottle gourd, also known as Lagenaria Siceraria, is a versatile vine grown for its fruit. When harvested young, the fruit can be used as a vegetable, while mature fruit can be dried and used as a utensil, bottle, or pipe. With a light green smooth skin and white flesh, the bottle gourd is not only a functional plant but also a beautiful addition to your garden.

In addition to its culinary uses, this gourd has cultural significance. The dried fruit is used as a percussion instrument in hula dancing, known as the ipu heke. The shoots, tendrils, and leaves of the plant are also edible and can be enjoyed as greens.

To maximize fruit production, some farmers prune the vine when it reaches a certain length. This encourages the plant to produce more side branches and, in turn, more flowers and fruits.

The bottle gourd has a rich history and has been cultivated for thousands of years. It is believed to have originated in Africa but has spread to Asia, Europe, and the Americas through human migration or seeds floating across oceans. Its use as a container for water, food, and even musical instruments has made it an essential part of many cultures.

Recent studies have also shown that biofield energy treatment can enhance the growth and yield of bottle gourd plants. These treatments resulted in stronger and more productive plants, with an increased endogenous level of glutathione in the leaves. DNA fingerprinting also showed polymorphism between treated and untreated samples. These findings suggest that biofield energy treatment could be an effective method for improving crop yields in agricultural science.

Whether you're a gardener looking for a unique addition to your garden or a botany enthusiast interested in the cultural significance of this plant, Lagenaria Siceraria Bottle Gourd, Calabash, Ipu is sure to captivate you. Its versatility, history, and potential for growth make it a fascinating and valuable plant to explore.

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