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!
Harvest in the autumn before frosts occur.
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;
Attracts useful insects
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Young fruits and leaves are edible. Mature fruits are hard, fibrous and considered to be inedible.
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.