Gourd 'Speckled Swan'

Lagenaria siceraria 'Speckled Swan'

Calabash , Kalbas (Afr.)

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'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!
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest in the autumn before frosts occur.

Propagation

Seed

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

Attracts useful insects
Attractive fruits

Special features

Origin

Africa

Natural climate

Warm

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

Young fruits and leaves are edible. Mature fruits are hard, fibrous and considered to be inedible.

Notes

Culinary

Personality

Family

Cucurbitaceae

Flower colour

Ivory, White

Scent

Mild

Problems

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.

Related Problems

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