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Do gourds need nitrogen?
Bottle gourds are very vigorous plants that can make use of large quantities of nitrogen, but excess nitrogen will encourage more leaves instead of more fruit.
How do you increase the yield on a gourd?
To produce larger gourds hand-pollinate the 1st female flowers [use male flowers from the same plant for pure seed]. This causes a larger seed set which causes a larger fruit to contain the increased number of seeds. The use of 2 male blossoms per female f1ower is recommended for plenty of pollen.
What is a good fertilizer for gourds?
Gourds are fertilized the same way as cucumbers and melons. Incorporate 5-10-10 or a similar fertilizer (6-12-12) into the soil at planting, at a rate of 4 pounds per 100 feet of row. When the plant runners are 12 to 18 inches long, fertilize again spreading the fertilizer at least 18 inches away from the plant stems.
How do you increase female flowers in ridge gourd?
How do you get male flowers on bitter gourd?
Pinch off growing points of the young plant to induce branching. The side shoots will develop separate male and female flowers in the second month. After pollination, the female flowers have little gourds beneath them. If male flowers are plentiful, some of them can be removed.
How do you increase fruiting in bottle gourd?
In 'Arka Bahar' bottle gourd grown at IIHR, Hessaraghatta the fruit yield increased by 50% due to foliar spray of boric acid (25ppm) with urea (0.5%) compared to the unsprayed 'control'.
How do you grow healthy gourds?
Gourds prefer full sun and rich well-drained soil that is rich in organic material. Sow the seeds outdoors after all danger of frost has passed and the weather is warm. Sow seeds 1-2 inches deep in groups of 4 seeds, spacing in groups 5 feet apart in rows spaced 8 feet apart.
How do you look after gourds?
Store gourds in a well ventilated, dry space such as an attic, garage, or barn or on a drying rack in the sun. It can take anywhere between one and six months for a gourd to completely dry.
How do you use mustard cake fertilizer?
Why is my bitter gourd fruit yellow?
Bitter gourd Yellow Mosaic Virus (BGYMV) is a Whitefly transmitted geminivirus. BGYMV causes yellow mosaic disease in bitter gourd. This disease attains significance because the virus causing this disease is capable of attacking the crop at all stages.
How do you control worms in bitter gourd?
Control: Spraying Carbaryl (4 g/litre of water) or Metacid (1ml/litre of water) during the seedling stage effectively controls the pest.
Why are my gourd leaves turning yellow?
Nutrient deficiency is the most likely cause of the symptom. Yellowing foliage (particularly on old growth) with yellow veins, is a symptom of nitrogen deficiency, although it can sometimes affect the whole leaf.
How do you tell the difference between a male and female bitter gourd?
How do you cross pollinate bitter gourd?
Place a male flower and bend it toward a female flower. And tap the male flower gently to shake pollen onto the female flower. Otherwise, break off the male flower and use it to dust the female flower. Also, one male flower carries enough pollen to pollinate a few female flowers.
Should I prune gourds?
Pruning luffa vines isn't necessary but it can help young plants send out more vines and promote the sturdiest stems for fruit production. Growing luffa gourds is quite easy provided you have a very long growing season.
Should I prune gourd vines?