I'm growing about 9 Ridge gourd plants on my terrace garden under the shade net. They all are in the 20 litres water containers with cocopeat and red soil. Good trellis is in place for all the plants and they all have grown quite long (almost 14 ft in less than 2 months.). The plant looks healthy except for the vegetable itself. Each of the plants have over a dozen baby fruits. But all of them are drying up when they are just 2-3 inch long. 🙁 We water the plant on a daily basis. Just last week, i have added coffee powder, home compost from daily dump khambas and epsom salt as fertilizers. I even sprayed neem oil and asprin (I read online that asprin is good to control diseases.). Nothing seem to have helped.
Last year, i had only one ridge gourd plant. Though it didnt grow long and though it didnt last long, it gave about a dozen good fruits. Not sure what is causing the problem this year.
Ridge gourd fruits not setting is a common problem that can be due to the following reasons.
1. No polllination happening
2. Not enough nutrient in the soil.
I am guessing it is due to lack of pollination in your case. Ridge gourd has male and female flowers and needs to be pollinated to set fruit.
I have made a video on how to do manual pollination for zucchini. YOU can do the same with ridge gourd. too.
Upload your pic in either google photos, flickr etc and paste the URL/Link in your post here.
Thank you for the response Geekgardener!
Actually I see a lot of fruits. so not sure if this is a pollination issue. The fruits are just turning yellow and drying out when they are just 2 - 3 inches.
I have shared some pictures here - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-LZJFs9KEkPM28yTWQ5LUFaR00
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