Snake Gourd - looking for seed

Snake Gourd - looking for seed
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  • My earlier post on the plant: HERE. (includes recipe links)

    Forget what I say about cucumber... I do indeed have Serpent Gourd growing.

  • Vinay - perhaps it's time to contact Mum!

  • Christa - I've sent you a PM (personal message) with some instructions for adding Links. Hope it helps.

  • Post here on adding a link.

    Oh and I didn't add that after I have done the link, I highlight it again (see 'here') and hit B (for bold) I (for italics) and U (for underline). Links are otherwise quite hard to see.

  • Link worked OK. But if you want to add a word (e.g. this link) then copy the word/s you want to display (Cmd C) then go to 'link' top left of text box - click on that. When the little window comes up, paste (Cmd V) into the www. box. Will put up a screen shot or three to illustrate. See general Forum.

  • Still having trouble adding links, website details for a similar item for ash gourd

  • Hi Lissa ,
    Honestly I don't know recipes because I never cooked it :( back in India my great grand mum, grand mum and my mum they all cooked that one with different t recipes.

    Well it's not a big deal to find recipes, glad YouTube got plenty of them, well I ordered some on Eday so once I got seed I will plant them and share veggies with you
  • Beautiful flower. Complicated germination technique. Personally, I'm over the complicated plants.

    Vinay - how do you go about germinating and growing your seed? You say it's your favourite veg - you must have some great recipes or cooking suggestions.

  • Stunning flower.Images.


    Note on growing from seed -- if I had only known!(SOURCE):

    Seed has hard coat and may take a long time to germinate. Since the germination percentage is very low (compared to bitter melons) you may need to use more seeds.

    If directly seeded, the snake gourd seeds can take almost a month to germinate. There are things you can do to hasten the germination. Moisture and temperature play a very important role in hastening the germinating of snake gourd seeds. To provide these ideal conditions, you can germinate your snake gourd seeds indoors using any of the following techniques.

    1. Socking: By early April, soak the seed for two hours in tap water. Then put a wet paper towel in a styrofoam plate, spread the seeds and cover it with another wet paper towel. Put the styrofoam plate on the top (not inside) of your refrigator (it’s warmer there). Keep the paper towel moist all the time. After about two weeks, the seeds will germinate. At this time you can transfer them to your small containers. Let them grow for another 3 to 4 weeks in those containers. By that time they will develop a few new leaves. Now you can transplant them to the field. When you transplant, make sure to provide some artifical shade for a few days to protect the young plants from the sudden exposure to the harsh sun. snake gourd sprouted using wet paper towel snake gourd sprouted using wet paper towel

    2. Breaking the seed coat: We also do a little trick to make them germinate faster by breaking their hard seed coat using pliers. To break the seed coat, you need to hold the seeds between your fingers by their thinnest side and then press them with the pliers on the ridge joining the two halves of the seed. Be careful when you do this, if you damage the endosperm inside the hard shell, you will kill the seeds. So, before you use this approach, make sure you have plenty of seeds.

  • Yes... I've been hesitant to announce this vegetable because I've had a lot of angst growing it from seed. And mine only recently starting fruiting.

    I got the seed from  GH: 'Serpent Gourd' --Trichosanthes cucumerina var. anguina

    But I'll surely share some when I get to harvest my own.

    It has a vigorous habit when it gets going -- even for a climber --and given the gourd drop down you need to offer the plant some comfortable height.

    Fortunately the fruit isn't as heavy as New Guinea Bean/gourd cucuzzi  (Lagenaria siceraria) so you can get away with less rigorous support.

    Both plants have white nocturnal flowers.

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