Annual plant about with 2-2.50 m length stems, forming a dark green, clavate fruit.
The collected in autumn fruits retain their decorative value to late spring, acting attractive decorative element in the room.
The plants require fertile, warm, moist soil and a sunny, sheltered from the wind position.
Approximately 5-6 seeds in 1g packet.
Genus - Lagenaria
Species - Siceraria
Variety - Marenka
Common name - Calabash
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Plant type - Annual vegetable
Hardiness zones - 3 - 9
Exposure - Full sun
Height - 2 - 2.50 m
Growth rate - Fast
Bloom season - September
Leaf / Flower color - Green / --
Soil PH - Acid, neutral, alkaline
Soil type - Fertile, moist
Water requirements - High
Landscape uses - Cultivated beds, can be used as a fast-growing summer screen.
Soaking the seeds for 12 hours in warm water prior to sowing can hasten germination
Sow spring (April - May) in a greenhouse or directly in soil outside after the last frosts in a rich soil, putting 2 - 3 seeds in a pot and thinning to the strongest plant.
Grow on fast and plant out as soon as possible after the last expected frosts, giving some protection until the plants are established and growing well.
The seed germinates best at +20-25C.
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