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In India and other parts of Asia, gourds are grown as food rather than just as decorative fruit.  They are all Members of the cucumber family, known as cucurbits. All of these vegetables produce vines that run along the ground or climb. It is best to train them on a trellis or fence, thus keeping the fruit off the ground. 

You can plant seeds in the summer directly in the garden after all danger of frost.  Alternatively seeds may be started indoors 6-8 weeks before your 1st frost free date. Cucurbits need full sun and well-drained soil in order to thrive. Before planting, add organic matter for best results.

Cucurbits produce separate male and female flowers, but they both occur on the same plant. To distinguish the male flowers from the female flowers in cucurbits, look at the flowers closely. It is behind the flower where the differences between male and female flowers can be observed. Behind the flower,the female flower possesses an ovary that looks like a miniature version of the fruit that will eventually form. Pollen must be transferred from the male flowers to the female flowers to obtain fruit. Pollen transfer is done by bees and other insects.  If necessary, one can hand pollinate female flowers transferring the pollen from the male flower using an artist's brush.

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Bottle gourd-Alok

(Lageneria siceraria) Bottle gourd, also known as bottle squash, calabash gourd, Doodhi, or Lowki is a delicious vegetable that has many uses. Its delicate nutty flavor adds greatly to hot curries as well as cooling yogurt dishes like Raita. It can be used like squash but it has a firmer, crisper texture.

Alok is a light green variety, with uniform straight tender fruits, 1 to 1.5 ft long. 10-15 seeds/regular pkt.

 

Hybrid variety, non- treated seed


SKU: 457
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Bottle gourd-Bhim

(Lageneria siceraria) Parrot green, bottle-shaped fruit, from 1-2 ft. Extra long. Excellent taste. Approx 20 seeds/pkg

OP variety, Treated seeds


SKU: 356
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Bottle Gourd- Dhol

A shorter variety of Bottle gourd with all the same delicious flavor.

Characteristics: Early maturity, vigorous growth, with relative resistance to powdery mildew. Strong fruit setting ability, can set many fruits on large vines. 

Matures in about 50-55 days from sowing to harvest, long harvest time, light green fruits, drum shape, fruit length is about 10-12", single fruit weights about 500-700 g.

Tender flesh, slow to age, resistant to storage and transportation, good commodity, super high yield.

 

OP, non treated seed


SKU: 360
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Bottle gourd Monsoon

Vigorous plants with prolific bearing habit. Fruits are tender and cylindrical 1 ft. long fruit weighing 1.5 Kg. The rind is smooth, dark green with white specks. The flesh is white with slow seed maturity. It is a heavy yielder.

 

OP variety, non treated seed 


SKU: 355
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Ridge gourd-Rishi

Ridgegourd (Luffa acutangula), or turiya is another easy gourd to grow and is a versatile vegetable that adds a new dimension to vegetarian cuisine. Rishi is a long, slender, variety shiny green with prominent ridges. The fruit is 15-17" long and even in width. Also known as Chinese okra. Approx 10-15 sds/pkg. Ridge gourds have a long growing season of 100 to 180 frost-free days until harvest. If you live in an area with short growing season, you can start seeds indoors four weeks prior to transplanting outdoors.

 

Ridge gourd seeds are considered difficult to germinate.  We recommend soaking the seed in warm water overnight before sowing 1/2 in deep.   

 

non-treated seeds, Hy


SKU: 528
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Ridge Gourd - Madhuri

(Luffa acutangula) Madhuri is a highly productive ridge gourd, with a fruit length of 13". with a wide blossom end. The thick flesh is sweet and crisp. A healthy vegetable high in fiber, and minerals. Easy to grow and resistant to insect damage. Ridge gourds have a long growing season of 100 to 180 frost-free days until harvest. If you live in an area with short growing season, you can start seeds indoors four weeks prior to transplanting outdoors.

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Ridge gourd is sometimes referred to as Chinese okra.  


SKU: 520
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Bitter gourd - Bahadur

Vigorous plants with prolific bearing habit. Starts fruiting in 45-50 days after sowing. Fruits are long (9-12") with dark green shining skin having sharp tubercles. It is a heavy yielder with good transport qualities. Glossy Indian type bittergourd.

 

Bitter gourd seeds are considered difficult to germinate.  We recommend filing the sides of the seed coat with a nail file and soaking the seed in warm water overnight before sowing 1/2 in deep.   

 

Treated seeds, Hy


SKU: 532
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Bitter gourd-Gori

(Momordica charantia) This particular hybrid is white in color with good teething. Fruit length is approximately 25 cms. and it is very productive and attractive.

 

Bitter gourd seeds are considered difficult to germinate.  We recommend filing the sides of the seed coat with a nail file and soaking the seed in warm water overnight before sowing 1/2 in deep.   

 

Approx 15 sds/regular pkt. T, Hy


SKU: 530
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Bitter Gourd - Sayonara

Oriental type bittergourd that is less bitter than the Indian varieties. A very high yielding high quality hybrid. The plants are vigorous and early. Fruits are shiny light green with continuous attractive ribs and few bubbles. Fruits are 15 inches in length with blunt end and weighing upto 1.5 lbs.

 

Bitter gourd seeds are considered difficult to germinate.  We recommend filing the sides of the seed coat with a nail file and soaking the seed in warm water overnight before sowing 1/2 in deep.   

 

Non-treated seeds


SKU: 536
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Pumpkin Amir

Indian type pumpkin, multicolored with mottled light green skin. Each fruit weighs 7-10 lbs with delicious light yellow flesh. Good cooking variety. This hybrid matures in 80-90 days.

 

Hybrid variety, non treated


SKU: 560
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Ash Gourd - Yash

(Benincasa hispida) Yash is a uniformly round variety of Ash Gourd, also known as Wax gourd, winter melon, fuzzy melon, and hairy melon. The fruit is covered by a white, chalky wax which deters microorganisms and helps impart an extraordinary longevity to the melon. Winter melon fruits can be stored for as long as a year without refrigeration. Ash gourd can be used in many variety of dishes from curries to soups to candies.

 

Approx 20 seeds/pkg. non-treated seed, OP


SKU: 570
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Butternut Squash-Waltham

is an edible type of winter squash with a bulbous shape. It has a sweet, nutty buttery taste that is similar to pumpkin or sweet potato. It has a salmon-yellow skin and orange flesh. As it ripens, it turns increasingly deep orange, and becomes sweeter and richer. It grows on a vine, so support should be provided. Butternut squash can be roasted, pureed or mashed into soups, casseroles, breads, and muffins. It is notable for its ability to be stored for long periods when stored in a cool dry place. T,OP Approximately 20 seeds/pkt.

 

non treated seeds 


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Sponge gourd-Chickni

Spongegourd or Galka (Luffa cylindrica)- This is a smooth skin type luffa, closely related to ridge gourd. The fruit is edible only when immature and is cooked like zucchini. The matured fruit forms sponge-like fibers inside. The dried matured fruits are often used as scrubbers, cleaning pads or bath sponges. Fruits are cylindrical-shaped, 8-12" long and 3" across, and with green skin and white flesh. Approx 20-25 seeds/pkg.

Known as Nenwa in Guyana and northern India.

Treated seeds, Hy


SKU: 950
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Snake gourd Serpent

Vigorous vines that produce fruit in 45-50 days. The uniform gourds produced are white and medium in length and weigh between 12 oz to 1 pound each.

 

Treated seed, Hy.


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