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Ridged gourd seeds. Chinese Okra, Angled Luffa Gourd, Sigua

Ridged gourd seeds. Chinese Okra, Angled Luffa Gourd, Sigua

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Ridged gourd | 10 seeds | Chinese Okra | Angled Luffa Gourd | Sigua | Sponge

Ridge gourd, also known as luffa gourd or sponge gourd, is a tropical vegetable that is easy to grow at home. It is a vine plant that can grow up to 10 feet long, so it is important to provide it with support. Ridge gourds are a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as fiber.

To grow ridge gourds, follow these steps:

  1. Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date in your area. Fill a seed starting tray with well-draining potting mix and moisten it thoroughly. Sow the seeds 1 inch deep and space them about 2 inches apart. Cover the tray with plastic wrap to create a warm, humid environment.
  2. Place the seed starting tray in a warm location, such as a sunny windowsill or near a heat mat. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. The seeds should germinate within 14-21 days.
  3. Once the seedlings have two sets of true leaves, they can be transplanted into individual pots. Use a well-draining potting mix and space the seedlings about 3 inches apart.
  4. When the seedlings are about 6 inches tall and have hardened off, they can be transplanted into the garden. Choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. Space the plants 6-8 feet apart.
  5. Provide the plants with support, such as a trellis or fence. Ridge gourds are vine plants and will need support to grow vertically.
  6. Water the plants regularly, especially during hot weather. Ridge gourds need plenty of water to produce fruit.
  7. Fertilize the plants every two weeks with a balanced fertilizer. Ridge gourds are heavy feeders, so it is important to fertilize them regularly.
  8. Ridge gourds are typically ripe 60-90 days after transplanting. The gourds will be ready to harvest when they are a deep green color and have a hard rind.

To harvest ridge gourds, simply cut them from the vine with a sharp knife. Be sure to wear gloves when harvesting ridge gourds, as the sap can irritate your skin.

Ridge gourds can be eaten fresh, cooked, or pickled. They are a versatile vegetable that can be used in a variety of dishes, such as stir-fries, soups, and stews. Ridge gourds can also be dried and used as sponges.

Here are some additional tips for growing ridge gourds:

  • Ridge gourds are susceptible to pests and diseases, such as aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies. Inspect your plants regularly and treat any pests or diseases immediately.
  • Ridge gourds need warm weather to grow. If you live in a cooler climate, you may need to grow them in a greenhouse or indoors.
  • Ridge gourds are a good companion plant for tomatoes, cucumbers, and melons.


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