This plant has a mild fragrance
Ornamental Gourd Overview
'Speckled Swan' gourd is a vine grown for its fruit, which can either be harvested young and used as a vegetable, or harvested mature, dried, and used as a bottle, utensil, or pipe. The fresh fruit has a light-green smooth skin and a white flesh. The unusual shape gives rise to the name, while the spots are a real hit too - a pretty gourd worthwhile to plant!
Common problems with Ornamental Gourd
Anthracnose, downy mildew, powdery mildew, Plectosporium blight, Alternaria and soil-borne phytophthora and fusarium root and fruit rots are some of the common diseases found on gourd plants.
How to harvest Ornamental Gourd
Harvest in the autumn before frosts occur.
How to propagate Ornamental Gourd
Direct sow seeds 2 cm deep Sowing time - Spring/Summer; Spacing - 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m); Sowing depth - 1/2 in.; Germination time - 7-10 days;
Special features of Ornamental Gourd
Attracts useful insects
Fruits are hard shelled and can weigh up to 1.3 kg. They are dark green and have yellowish-green mottles when young. Bulbous base and a long, narrow neck that curves to resemble a swan.
Other uses of Ornamental Gourd
Young fruits and leaves are edible. Mature fruits are hard, fibrous and considered to be inedible.