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Snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina var. anguina)

Snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina var. anguina)
Snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina var. anguina) #0
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3.69 € *
Base Price 0.74 €/ seed
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Item number
TRI09
Seed quantity:
5 Pcs.
Botanical name:
Anguina cucumerina, Cucumis anguinus, Trichosanthes cucumerina var. anguina
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Seeds
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Description

This Persian cucumber is a favourite in India's kitchens, winding up to one meter in length with spotty white skin - this harmless vegetable really does resemble a snake, but is treated like an aubergine.

5 Indian snake gourd seeds

Growing instructions
The snake goard is a tropical plant, so in colder climates it is best grown in a greenhouse or indoor. Sow seeds in moist and warm (27 °C / 80 F) slightly acid soil and raise in preculture. The seed should be covered with soil 1-2 times the thickness of the seed. To speed up germination, it may be helpful to slightly file down the seed coat. For outdoor cultivation, wait until vigorous young plants have formed, but cultivation under glass is generally recommended.

picture source: By Gary Stevens (Flickr: Persian Cukes at HOTCFM) [ CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Details: Plant description & care

Plant family:
Cucurbitaceae
Plant height approx.:
Creeper / vine
Flower colour:
White
Flowering period :
August, July, June
Location:
Sun
Water requirements:
High
Lifecycle :
Annual
Winter hardy up to:
Not hardy

Sowing & cultivation

Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
April, May
Sowing time outdoors:
June, May
Sowing depth:
1 – 2 cm
Best germination temperature :
20 – 25 °C
Germination time in days:
7 – 14
Planting distance approx.:
60 x 60 cm
Main harvest:
After flowering, August, July, September

Companion planting

Other names

German names:
Chinesische Gurke, Schlangengurke, Schlangenhaargurke, Schlangenkürbis

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