Bottlegourd

Common Name

Bottlegourd

Kingdom

Plantae
Division  
Class  

Order

Solanales

Family

Solanaceae

Genus

Lagenaria

Species

sicerarea

Native

Africa

Characteristics

Fruits are globular, bottle, or clubshape up to 1 m long, with hard, durable rind. The most common types are light green and dark green with light green spots.

Distribution

Now grown in all continents and in a wide range of climates.

Climate and weather

 

Duration

 

Insect pests

Insect pests like leaf folder, fruit fly, and yellow beetle,

Diseases

foliar disease like downy mildew, powdery mildew, anthracnose and Cercospora leaf spot attack bottle gourd.

Harvesting

Fruits develop fast & require much attention at harvest time. It usually takes 15 days for fruits to reach marketable stage from the day of fruit set. The fruits are better harvested using sharp knives to cut the peduncle approximately 5 cm long

Uses

Young fruits are usually boiled or stewed and used as vegetables, while seeds are popular snack food. Syrup from the green fruit is good for chest pains. The hard shells of dried mahandicrafts, floats, and musical instruments.ture fruits are used as containers, hats, decorative 

Symptoms

 

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