Bottle Gourd, Ipu, Calabash Lagenaria siceraria - Lagenaria leucantha, Cucumis bicirrha, Cucurbita idololatrica, Lagenaria idolatrica

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Botanical Name:

Lagenaria siceraria

Family:

Cucurbitaceae

Genus:

Lagenaria

Species:

siceraria

Common Name:

Bottle Gourd, Ipu, Calabash

Seeds Per Pound:
2,410
Quantity:
0.44 lb
Germination:
98%
Germination Test Type:
cut
Purity:
99%
Height:
20-30 feet
Collection Locale:
Hawaii
Crop Year:
2018
In Stock: 0.44 lb
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Growing Info, follow in order:
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 +).
In a Nutshell:
* Lagenaria Siceraria is a ANNUAL CLIMBER growing to 9 m (29ft 6in) at a fast rate.
* The bottle gourd, Lagenaria siceraria (synonym Lagenaria vulgaris Ser.), also known as opo squash, or long melon, is a vine grown for its fruit, which can either be harvested young and used as a vegetable, or harvested mature, dried, and used as a bottle, utensil, or pipe. The fresh fruit has a light green smooth skin and a white flesh.
* This gourd is often dried when ripe and used as a percussion instrument called an ipu heke in contemporary and ancient hula.
* The shoots, tendrils, and leaves of the plant may also be eaten as greens.
* To get more fruits, sometimes farmers cut off the tip of the vine when it has grown 6–8 feet long. This will force the plant to produce side branches that will produce fruit much sooner and more flowers and more fruits. more...
* A poultice of the boiled seeds has been used in the treatment of boils. Taken with Achyranthes spp the seed is used to treat aching teeth and gums, boils etc. more...
Lagenaria siceraria (synonym Lagenaria vulgaris Ser.), bottle gourd , opo squash or long melon is a vine grown for its fruit, which can either be harvested young and used as a vegetable , or harvested mature, dried, and used as a bottle, utensil, or pipe. For this reason, the calabash is widely known as the bottle gourd . The fresh fruit has a light green smooth skin and a white flesh. Rounder varieties are called calabash gourds. They come in a variety of shapes, they can be huge and rounded, or small and bottle shaped, or slim and more than a meter long.
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Physical Characteristics  Lagenaria siceraria is a ANNUAL CLIMBER growing to 9 m (29ft 6in) at a fast rate. It is hardy to zone 10 and is frost tender. It is in flower from Aug to September. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Insects. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It cannot grow in the shade.It requires moist soil.
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Usda description:
More info on http://plants.usda.gov
Usda description:
More info on http://plants.usda.gov