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Winter melon, wax gourd (Benincasa hispida) seeds

Winter melon, wax gourd (Benincasa hispida) seeds
Winter melon, wax gourd (Benincasa hispida) seeds #0
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2.38 € *
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Item number
1278
Seed quantity:
5 Pcs.
Botanical name:
B. cerifera, Benincasa hispida, Cucurbita hispida, Gymnopetalum septemlobum, Lagenaria siceraria var. hispida
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Description

Benincasa hispida, the wax gourd or winter melon, is a Chinese gourd with firm, tasty flesh. Young fruits are used like zucchini. The mature pumpkins have a waxy surface and can be stored up to one year!

10 winter melon seeds

Sowing and cultivation

The wax gourd is an annual climber. After preculture in April, plant the gourds in pots and after hardening off, after the Ice Saints in May. When transplanting, be very careful with the sensitive root ball. After May the seeds can also be sown directly outdoors. Leave about 100 cm of space between the plants. Loves a permeable, nutrient-rich soil, heat and water.

Picture source: By Judgefloro [ CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Details: Plant description & care

Plant family:
Cucurbitaceae
Plant height approx.:
1–5 m
Root system :
Shallow roots
Flower colour:
Yellow
Flowering period :
July, June
Location:
Sun
Water requirements:
Water moderately
Lifecycle :
Annual
Winter hardy up to:
10 °C

Sowing & cultivation

Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
April, March
Sowing time outdoors:
May
Sowing depth:
1 – 2 cm
Best germination temperature :
20 – 24 °C
Germination time in days:
1 – 7
Planting distance approx.:
150 – 200 cm
Maturation time (days):
120 – 150
Main harvest:
October, September

Companion planting

Bad intercropping partners:
Cucumbers, Dill, Potatoes
Good intercropping partners:
Broccoli, Corn, Marigold

Other names

German names:
Wachskürbis, Wintermelone
English names:
Ash gourd, Chinese preserving melon, Tallow gourd, Wax gourd, White gourd, Winter gourd, Winter melon
French names:
Bidao, Bénincasa, Courge cireuse, Courge à la cire, Pastèque de Chine
Spanish names:
Calabaza blanca, Calabaza china, Calabaza de la cera

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