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Trichosanthes cucumerina Childrens - Snake Gourd
Snake Gourd

Trichosanthes cucumerina Childrens - Snake Gourd Snake Gourd
£1.69 0820007133 Category: Seeds > Flower Seeds
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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.
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Berry colour Green, White
Botanical name Trichosanthes cucumerina
Common name Snake Gourd
Drought resistance N
Flower colour White
Flowering time Summer
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage colour Green
Fragrance N
Habit Climbing
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.

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