How to grow Ridge Gourd / Sponge Gourd - Home Gardening 

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How to plant Ridge Gourd:

  • Prepare a good growing medium with two parts potting soil, one part Coco Peat and one part Vermi Compost.

  • You can grow 2-3 plants in one containers.

  • You can use container of any shape with at least 12 inches deep.

  • Plant the Ridge gourd seeds at 1 inch depth in a gap of 4 inches and irrigate them.

  • The distance between plants has be to ensured so that roots of all plants can spread well in all directions.

  • Seeds will start germinating in 5 to 6 days.

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Irrigating Ridge Gourd:

  • Ridge gourd plants need a lot of water.

  • Mulch the pot / container heavily to avoid evaporation.

  • Water your potted Ridge Gourd plant every day in summer.

  • Water the soil near the plant. Use a watering can to make sure that the plants get water in the form of the shower & not by a single flow.

  • You can also make provision for watering by watering by drip irrigation system for your raised beds.

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Ridge Gourd - Fertilization

  • Ridge gourds are heavy feeders.

  • They need a lot of nutrients and also a lot of water.

  • Organic manure can be well rotten cow dung manure, farmyard manure, compost or vermicompost.

  • Liquid Fertilizer like Fish Amino or Panjakavya can be applied over the ridge gourd plants as foliage spray

  • Fertilization should be done every 15 days for better growth and yield.

     

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Harvesting Ridge Gourd

  • Ridge gourd fruits grow very fast even when you grow ridge gourd in pots.

  • After pollination they are ready to pick in approximately 8-12 days.

  • You can pick your gourd about 2-3 days after the fruit has stopped growing.

  • Leaving it too long on the plant makes it fibrous and then it can not be consumed.

  • Use a pair of scissors or any garden cutter to remove the fruit from the plant.

  • Do not remove the fruit by pulling. It will damage the plant. 

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