It’s a unique vegetable that can not only be a healthy addition to Indian and Asian cuisines but is also very popularly used in making Indian sweets like ‘petha’.
Level of difficulty to grow:
Days to maturity: 60-75 Days
Plant spacing: 2m x 3m
Light Requirement: Requires 4-5 hours of sunlight during the day.
Soil Requirement: Ash Gourd requires well-drained, light, and nutrient-rich soil.
Water Requirement: Keeping the soil moist at all times is vital. Do not overwater your plants or let the soil dry up.
Harvesting: Once the Ash Gourd fruit matures, it can be cut off from the veins using a sharp knife or cutter.
Special: Don’t worry when a white powdery substance layer up on your fruit. That is the reason why it’s called ‘Ash’ Gourd.
Prepare the seedling for it in a pot first to be transplanted later into a growing container or garden after 2-3 weeks. Medium-sized containers can hold only one plant.
*Preparation of the seedling: Dig a small 2 cm hole and carefully dibble 2 seeds next to each other in it. Distance between plants should be about 2 m to 3 Layer it up with soil and spray water to keep it moist at all times. Expose it to sunlight for 4-5 hours each day.
After 2-3 weeks, the sapling can be transplanted into a grow bag or on land and the same care routine can be followed.
In around 60-75 days, ash gourd fruit will start looking mature and can be cut off from the veins using a sharp knife or cutter.