Trichosanthes cucumerina Childrens - Snake Gourd
Trichosanthes cucumerina or 'Snake Gourd' are brilliant plants with unusual, pale green narrow gourds that twist and curl, then, once dried, can be painted with your personalised snake pattern.
Grow your own slippery snake!
|Berry colour||Green, White|
|Botanical name||Trichosanthes cucumerina|
|Common name||Snake Gourd|
|Plant type||Flower Seeds|
|Season of interest||Summer, Autumn|
|Time to maturity||1 - 2 years|
|Ultimate height||1.6m - 2.5m|
|Ultimate spread||0.1m - 0.5m|
|Useful/additional information||Sow March to April. Sow seed 1cm (½in) deep, in pots of moist seed compost. Place in a propagator or warm place, and keep at a constant temperature of between 20-25C (68-77F). After sowing, do not exclude light as this helps germination. Keep the surface of the compost moist but not waterlogged; germination will usually take 7 to 21 days. When at the 2 leaf stage, transplant seedlings on into 13cm (5 inch) pots and grow on in well-lit conditions. Can also be sown direct outdoors once the soil has warmed. Gradually acclimatise young plants to outdoor conditions for 10 to 15 days before planting out after all risk of frost, 60cm (24 inches) apart. Pick the 'snakes' from August onwards. Before painting, dry the fruits in a warm, airy position until they become lighter in weight.|