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Benincasas hispida

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Family: Cucurbitaceae

Characteristics: Fruiting Vine

Seeds per packet: 15


A fast growing vine which produces very large fruits up to 20 kg. The fruits are green with waxy coating. The flesh is white with a sweet flavour and can be used in soups, steamed or stir fried. All parts of plant are edible and used medically for thousands of years in Asia. Because of waxy coating it will store for very long time.

Adaptable to most good garden soils but prefers a rich soil with generous amount of water in full sun.

TropicalAll Year Round
Temperate: Spring to Early Summer
Cool climate: Mid Spring to Early Summer

Sow: 2cm deep
Sow 3-4 seeds in raised mounds 1 metre apart in direct in growing position. Thin to to the stwo strongest plants in each mound.
Plant space: 1 metre
Row Space: 1 metre
Germination: 6-10 days
Maturity: 14 weeks

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