Wax Gourd Cultivation
Common name: wax gourd
Wax gourd, also known as squash, is a variety of squash with fruit shaped like a flying saucer. It is distinguished by its smooth, shiny skin, often pale yellow, white or green in color. Its flesh is firm, delicate and slightly sweet.
Wax gourd prefers warm, sunny climates. It requires fertile, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. It can be grown both in the ground and in the vegetable garden.
Wax gourd seeds can be sown directly in the ground after the last frost, when the soil has warmed up. The space between seedlings should be about 60-90 centimeters. You can also start the seedlings indoors a few weeks before the last frost and transplant them once they are strong enough.
Be sure to keep the soil moist, but not soggy, by watering regularly. Mulching around plants can help conserve soil moisture and reduce weeds. Wax gourd appreciates light fertilization early in its growth, then more potassium-rich fertilization once fruits begin to set.
Wax gourds can be harvested when they reach their maximum size, usually between 10 and 15 centimeters in diameter. They are best when still young and tender. Use a knife to cut the fruit from the vine leaving a small stem attached.
Diseases and pests:
Wax gourds can be prone to various fungal diseases, such as powdery mildew or root rot. Common pests include slugs, snails and aphids. Crop rotation, good soil drainage and regular plant observation can help prevent problems.
Wax gourd can be propagated by sowing seeds. You can collect the seeds from ripe fruits, let them dry and save them for later sowing.
- Do not hesitate to prune the plants slightly to promote the formation of larger and uniform fruits.
- Wax gourds can be eaten raw or cooked. They are delicious in stir-fries, soups or gratins.
- Some varieties of wax gourd can be used for decorative purposes thanks to their unique shapes and colors.
By following these growing tips, you can enjoy a good harvest of wax gourds in your garden. Have fun experimenting with different recipes with these delicious, versatile vegetables!
Growing wax gourd can be a rewarding experience for gardening enthusiasts. With its unique shapes and deliciously sweet flesh, this squash brings a touch of originality to your dishes and your garden. By following the planting, care, and harvesting tips mentioned above, you will be able to successfully grow this variety of squash.
Don’t hesitate to experiment with different culinary recipes, from stir-fries to gratin and soups, to take full advantage of the delicate flavor of wax gourd. You can also use certain varieties for decorative purposes to add an artistic touch to your flower arrangements or your fall decoration.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced gardener, wax gourd offers an interesting growing experience and tasty harvests. So get started growing this fascinating squash and discover all the culinary possibilities it offers. Good culture and good appetite!