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A picture of a Gourd 'Speckled Swan'

Gourd 'Speckled Swan'

Lagenaria siceraria 'Speckled Swan'

Also known as

Calabash, Kalbas (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

3m

40cm

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A photo of Gourd 'Speckled Swan'
A photo of Gourd 'Speckled Swan'

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

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.

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

Honeybees

Attractive fruits

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.

Uses

Culinary

Edible

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