Top Questions About Gourd Plants

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Questions About Gourd Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 10, 2010

Q. Bitter Tasting Ridge Gourd

What is the reason for the bitter taste in ridge gourd?

Answered by
Nikki on
November 10, 2010
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The most common reason for bitterness in gourds (if they are not supposed to be bitter) is stress to the plant. Too much heat, too little water or uneven watering are the most common reasons for this stress.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 12, 2011

Q. Nitrogen Fixing Plants in Pots

I am residing in Bangalore, India. I am growing creeper vegetable plants such as bottle gourd, ridge gourd, snake gourd, and double beans (Lima beans) in pots on the terrace. I have erected bamboo poles with ropes for the plant to spread. How should I make up the soil without any chemicals? What are the nitrogen fixing plants that can be planted? The size of the cement pots are 20 inches (length) by 20 inches (width) by 20 inches (height). I have used wood shavings in the bottom, and ground soil on top with vermi-compost. The pots have a good drainage system that I devised my self. The yield is not satisfactory.

Answered by
Nikki on
February 13, 2011
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For pots, what you should get is well rotted manure and that will help raise the nitrogen levels. With nitrogen fixing plants, you would need to leave them in the pots to decompose after they grew, and that would not be practical.

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Answered by
CaptainAng on
February 14, 2011
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Avoid using green manures or nitrogen-rich fertilizers. Beans have a mutual exchange with soil microorganisms called nitrogen-fixing bacteria which produce the soil nitrogen beans require. If there is too much nitrogen, lima beans will produce green foliage but few beans.

Do you drink coffee? Just save your coffee grounds and sprinkle them around the top! It's a great way to give your plants a slow-release nitrogen boost! No need to work them into the soil...

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 26, 2011

Q. Gourds

If I plant two different type of gourds, say one of them is bird house and the other is a dipper gourd, will they come out as different gourds or will they be something thats looks altogether different?

Answered by
Heather on
March 3, 2011
Certified Expert
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When cross pollination occurs, it will affect the seeds of the cross pollinated plants, not the fruit. If the fruit from this year's plants will look normal, but if you plant their seeds, you may get something that is a cross between the two plants you have this year. Here is more information:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/cross-pollination.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 15, 2011

Q. Squash Vines

Is there any way to control squash (also gourd and cuke) vines? Is there some type of barrier they can’t grow through, around or over? Every year they overtake the whole garden. Also, how far away from gourds should they be to eliminate cross pollination?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 15, 2011
Certified Expert
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If these vines are overtaking the garden, then you may want to consider growing the compact or bush varieties rather than the vining types. You could also grow cucumbers on a fence or trellis.

Here are some articles that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/cucumber/planting-cucumber-fence.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/can-squash-cross-pollinate-with-cucumbers.htm

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Asked by
Bajajdev on
August 19, 2012

Q. Premature dropping of vegetable flowers

Premature dropping of vegetable flowers after growth of 4-6 inch of bottle gourd plant. . . . Send me the solution to stop falling until its mature.

Answered by
Nikki on
August 20, 2012
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As with squash plants, this is typical behavior. They will produce mostly male (non-fruiting) blossoms early in the season (which normally fall off) and will gradually start to produce more female blossoms as the season progresses. Give it some time and you will see it start fruiting.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 23, 2012

Q. Gourd Canteen

I read your excellent article about making gourd canteens. I am wondering how long would it last and how could I make it even more durable on the exterior and the interior to contain water. Would bees wax be enough to contain water for a month or two? And the exterior would need some type of coating? I would like to fashion my own canteens for excursions and expeditions.

Answered by
Nikki on
October 24, 2012
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Yes, that should work fine. As for the outside, a coating of polyurethane should be sufficient.

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Asked by
nica02 on
August 27, 2014

Q. dead buds

This year I was trying to grow some birdhouse gourds. I followed the directions to a T. I have very healthy vines, but as soon as the gourds are the size of a cherry tomato, they turn brown and fall off. What have I done wrong ? Thanks. I live in the Pittsburgh, Pa area.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
August 29, 2014
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