How many bottle gourds and ridge gourds can one expect per plant? If I am looking at plucking one bottle gourd / week and 4 ridge gourds / week how many plants of each type would I need?
Do bottle gourds and ridge gourds cross pollinate? If so, what is the distance one needs to maintain to avoid cross pollination? What is the yielding life of these plants?
It has been about 50 days since transplanting to a DWC setup. I am growing it in a 20 L paint bucket. The first month I there was hardly any water consumption. Now the plant drinks up to 5 L per day. There are a few female and male flowers about 10 each. I am not sure if they are pollinated or not. The problem I see is that the buds open up in the evening/night and get shrivelled by morning. I generally see one or two bees in the mornings. I am not sure if the bees pollinate in the evening/night as well.
BTW, this is the first time I am actually seeing bees in my garden. They are found only around the Bottle Gourd plant. I am not sure how my capsicum, tomato and brinjal were pollinated.
You will see a lot of flowers in a bunch maybe 5-6 which will open during late evenings and fall off by the time you see them in the morning. I have an average of 30 such flowers on each plant. But the fruits don't form on these. They will come up as a single shoot from the main stem of the plant around the new leaves and will look like a small baseball bat and then grow quickly and form a bud on the end and then the flower will open up and this will stay for long.
I too see a lot of bees and small yellow bugs similar to the red ones.
I have a post which details the process of Hydroponic nutrients in the Hydroponics section of the forum. Please look into it.
You can also search for Howard Resh's tomato nutrient solution formula on google. I have been using growth formula. Now that it started flowering I am using the fruiting formula.
I am planning bottle gourd and snake gourd. do you think they cross pollinate. I will try and keep them as far as possible. mine is just 20L in cocopeat and sand mixed together.
will kep you posted.
what do you suggest for the spider mites so that when I get to feritizer store I will get that stuff also.
what are you growing these days.
I am not sure about the cross pollination. For spider mites you can use wettable sulfur.
These days I am growing the following:
- Brinjals (currently yielding)
- Cherry Tomatoes (on their last legs)
- 1 Marmande Tomato (about 6 weeks old)
- 1 Long Beans (got the seeds from Singapore while I was there. They should grow up to 18" long. One plant should be enough)
- Around 10 Bush Beans (bought from gardenguru.in)
- Sown Chives seeds but they aren't doing good.
- Spring Onions (Grown from onions and currently sending out flowers)
- Onion seedlings in pro trays
- Few Pak Choys and Choi Sum (most of them already harvested and consumed. New seeds have been sown)
- Radishes (promising harvest)
- Corriander (Cilantro to be specific)
- Chukka Koora
- Potato (Harvested today but it was a flop show as the plants got infected by virus)
nice set of plants - keeps you busy - how much NS solution you use up everyweek. and do you make the stock solution everyweek or month I was planning on going to ramkoti today but my daughter got sick so have to find another day or have to order more NS powders from GG.
do you have the plants under shade net or out on the terrace.
will start to take some pictures so i can post here. the couple of tomatoes and chilli (seedling) are doing good, tomatoes have flowers and are opened so hoping some fruits soon not sure what kind, chillies also have flowers the plant is tiny (about 10 inches) but healthy
the same ones at my school are just growing no flowers on them, started some palak in a upright 3" pvc tube with sand and cocopeat. will take pictures .
potato always seem like difficult to grow - actually they are easy to start and you get wornderful growth, are sure of a good harvest then in 2 month the virus hits and everything is downhill by then i have tried twice both soil of course but not good.
talk to you soon.
I stopped doing Hydroponics, even though the results were outstanding, as I had to go out of country for 3 months. There was no way my family could handle it especially with a truant digital timer. I had shifted to all organic for now. I might use hydroponics too at a later date.
I used to make solution for 2 months at a time at 1:100 concentration.
During last summer I had them under shade net. I will do it again around end of Feb.
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