30 Long Bottle Gourd Seeds or Calabash Seeds or White-flowered Gourd Seeds or Squash Lauki Doodhi Seeds + FACE MASKRegular price $5.99 Save $-5.99
Commonly known as Lauki/Doodhi in India, Bottle Gourd is a wonderful vine rich in essential vitamins and nutrients which is grown for its fruit. Made up of about 92% water, and packed with Vitamin C, K, Calcium amongst many other nutrients, the bottle gourd is one healthy vegetable you must add to your kitchen garden!
- Days to maturity: 48-52 Days
- Plant spacing: 48 x 18 inches
- Light Requirement: Expose the plants to full sun during the day.
- Soil Requirement: It requires well-drained, light, and nutrient-rich soil.
- Water Requirement: Keeping the soil moist at all times is vital. Do not overwater your plants or let the soil dry up.
- Harvesting: Pluck out your first harvest once the bottle gourd fruits mature. If you wish to let it grow longer, you can wait for a few days. The plant will yield fruits for 60 days after this.
- Growing Tip: It will require staking after it grows 1-2 feet tall.
Lights, Water, Action
Got the seeds, now, let'em shoot!
- Long Bottle Gourd Seeds or Calabash Seeds or White-flowered Gourd Seeds or Squash Lauki Doodhi Seeds
- has a negligible amount of fats, high fiber content, and a wide array of other essential nutrients.
- also extremely low in carbohydrates and has a very low glycaemia index making it suitable to be consumed by diabetic people too!
- Helpful for allergies, Acts as Antihyperlipidemic
- Acts as an antioxidant, Antihyperglycemic activity
- Cardiovascular health
Growth stagesOne step at a time, with a lil water and light.
Sow, Grow, Reap
Good things take time and care
1. Prepare an area with well-drained soil in full sun. Cover the area with a 2-inch layer of compost or well-rotted manure.
Work in the organic matter while tilling the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches.
2. Sow the gourd seeds after the danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed to at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Create low, broad hills by mounding the soil up to about 8 inches. Mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons of complete fertilizer.
Plant four to six seeds per hill, placing them in a circle, with the seeds about 5 inches apart and an inch deep.
Create hills 4 to 6 feet apart.
3. Water calabash gourds weekly. Place a soaker hose near the plants and water until the soil is wet to a depth of 6 to 8 i
Bottle-gourd plants are not growing fruits.
Insufficient pollination is a big factor that can hamper the growth of bottle gourds. If sufficient pollination does not take place, the female flower will grow initially but will die and fall off eventually. To increase pollination, you can opt for hand pollination using a brush.
Why are my bottle-gourd seedlings wilting?
Overwatering is the main cause of wilting. Too much water can drown your seedlings and deprive their roots of air, which leads to wilting and your seedlings might eventually die.
Why are my Bottle gourd seeds not germinating?
Growing conditions like moisture, improper soil temperature, overwatering or underwatering can all be a reason why your seeds are not germinating.
Plants with benefits
The Bottle Gourd is every dietician’s favorite vegetable. This versatile vegetable is made up of almost 90% water, which means it is very low in calories. Along with being a low-calorie vegetable, bottle gourd has a negligible amount of fats, high fiber content, and a wide array of other essential nutrients. The bottle gourd is also extremely low in carbohydrates and has a very low glycaemia index making it suitable to be consumed by diabetic people too! Being alkaline, it is a great vegetable to add to your diet if you are battling any urinary infections.Bottle gourds possess a high amount of fiber which prevents constipation, piles, and flatulence. The cholesterol and fat in Bottle gourd is very low. The richness in Vitamin B and C assists in antioxidant properties. It consists of 92% water. Juiced or cooked Bottle gourd possesses anti-bilious and sedative properties.
Acts as an antioxidant
It is a well-established fact that reactive oxygen species (ROS) are implicated in more than 100 diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, arteriosclerosis, malaria, acquired immunodeﬁciency syndrome (AIDS), diabetes, and cancer. It is, therefore, important for researchers to seek natural sources of antioxidants. Such effects are generally credited to antioxidant components, including plant phenolics such as phenylpropanoids and ﬂavonoids Gallic acid was used as a reference antioxidant compound. The samples showed an appreciably high DPPH radical scavenging effect at all concentrations. However, the ethyl acetate extract of fresh fruits was more active than the rest of the samples. The ethanol extract of fruits of L. siceraria was also evaluated for antioxidant activity. The results obtained in this study also indicated that the fruits are a potential source of natural antioxidants.
The antihyperglycemic activity of methanol extract of L. siceraria was evaluated in hyperglycemic rats. The extract was given at doses of 200 and 400 mg/kg per os (p.o.) to streptozotocin-induced hyperglycemic rats for a period of 14 days. Fasting blood glucose (FBG) was measured on days 0, 4, 8, and 15 after treatment. There occurred signiﬁcant reduction (P < 0.001) in FBG levels; other biochemical tests (SGPT, SGOT, ALP, total cholesterol, triglycerides), antioxidant assay (lipid peroxide, catalase, and glutathione), and histological study of the liver, the liver, kidney, and pancreas tissue supported the conclusion. The study showed the potent antihyperglycemic activity of L. siceraria, which is probably attributable to its rich ﬂavonoid content.
Helpful for allergies
The anti-asthmatic and anti-allergic activity of the aqueous extract of leaf of L. siceraria (LSA) was evaluated in different animal models. The histamine and acetylcholine-induced bronchoconstriction model in guinea pigs, the compound 48/80 induced mast cell degranulation model in rats, and the paw edema model in mice were used. The results of the study revealed a signiﬁcant bronchodilator activity by LSA at doses of 150 and 300 mg/kg. Anti-inflammatory activity was observed at doses of 50, 75, and 100 mg/kg (intraperitoneal injection) against compound 48/80 induced paw edema in rats. These results support the traditional claim of the drug as a treatment for asthmatic disorders. It was also reported that the triterpene bryonolic acid, an anti-allergic compound, was isolated from the callus culture of the roots of L. siceraria.
Acts as Antihyperlipidemic
Traditionally, the fruit L. siceraria was used in the management of hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis, as it had been thought to possess cardioprotective and cardiotonic potential. The effects of methanol extracts of L. siceraria were investigated in experimentally-induced hyperlipidemia in rats. The methanol extract of L. siceraria fruit (LSFE) at doses of 100, 200, and 300 mg/kg p.o. was given to high-fat diet-induced hyperlipidemic rats for 1 month to evaluate their antihyperlipidemic potential. Oral administration of the extracts dose-dependently inhibited total cholesterol, triglycerides, and low-density lipoproteins level, and signiﬁcantly increased the level of the high-density lipoprotein. The results of the study showed that the methanol extract from the fruits of L. siceraria has a deﬁnite antihyperlipidemic potential. In the study, petroleum ether, chloroform, alcoholic, and aqueous extracts of L. siceraria were evaluated for antihyperlipidemic activity. Out of the four different extracts, only the petroleum ether extract did not show antihyperlipidemic activity, while the other extracts showed good antihyperlipidemic activity.
L. siceraria fruit is traditionally used for its cardioprotective effect. The cardioprotective activity of L. siceraria fruit was investigated using a doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity model of Wistar rats. Group I of the Wistar rats (250–300 g) was the control group, and it received 2% gum acacia; group II was the doxorubicin treated group, and it received doxorubicin 10 mg/kg, and group III was the doxorubicin with L. siceraria treated group, and it received L. siceraria fruit powder 200 mg/kg for a period of 18 days. The results of the study showed that after administration of L. siceraria there was a signiﬁcant decrease in QT (p < 0.01) and in ST (p < 0.05), whereas there was an an-signiﬁcant increase in heart rate, and a signiﬁcant decrease in serum creatine kinase MB isoenzyme (a marker used to assist diagnoses of an acute myocardial infarction), aspartate aminotransferase (p < 0.001), and lactate dehydrogenase (p < 0.05) compared with the doxorubicin group. The cardioprotective efﬁcacy of L. siceraria fruit in isoproterenol-induced myocardial infarction was also investigated in albino rat models. The results of this study showed that L. siceraria fruits possess cardioprotective activity on experimentally induced cardiotoxic myocardial infarcted rats.
The immunomodulatory effects of n-butanol soluble and ethyl acetate soluble fractions of successive methanol extracts of L. siceraria have been evaluated. The fractions were administered through the oral route at doses of 100, 200, and 500 mg/kg. There was a signiﬁcant inhibition in the delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction in rats. The method of Doherty was used to induce delayed-type hypersensitivity response in rats. A dose-dependent increase in both primary and secondary antibody titer was observed. Fractions also signiﬁcantly increased both white blood cell and lymphocyte counts.
Antibacterial, Anthelmintic, and Antifungal activity
Hydroalcoholic and aqueous extracts of the leaves of L. siceraria were evaluated for anthelmintic activity against Hymenolepis nana (tapeworm) and Pheretima Posthuma (earthworm) by using the method of Mali. In Ethiopian traditional medicine, L. siceraria is widely used for the treatment of skin disorders. Goji et al. evaluated the antimicrobial activity of methanolic extracts of the leaves, seeds, and fruit ﬂesh of L. siceraria using the agarwell diffusion method. Results revealed extracts to show activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Streptococcus pyogenes, but not against clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. Thus, L. siceraria can be used to treat various skin disorders. The extracts also exhibited moderate antifungal action against Aspergillus niger and Candida albicans. The standard drugs used for comparison were ciproﬂoxacin for bacterial strains and griseofluvin for fungal strains.