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Lagenaria siceraria
BEAN-NEW GUINEA-CLIMBER taste is similar to a sweet summer squash & is an edible bottle gourd that can grow 1m long.  New Guinea, also known as Cucuzza squash, has light green inedible skin & white flesh. It can be steamed, microwaved, stuffed, baked, stir-fried, stewed, or used as a substitute in recipes calling for summer squash. It is a vigorous climber & needs strong support. This is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world with the first known plantings from 7,000BC. Plant after all danger of frost has passed.

Soak seed in warm water for 2 hours before sowing. Germinate singly in pots, at 20-30C on the surface of a good free draining, damp seed compost. Apply a sprinkling of compost or vermiculite, 6mm thick. Seal container inside a polythene bag until after germination which usually takes 7-21 days. Do not exclude light at any stage as this is beneficial to germination.


Germination Time (Days) 7 – 21
Maturity Time (Days) 50 – 80
Sowing Depth (mm) 20 – 30
Plant Spacing (cm) 7 – 15
Row Spacing (cm) 40 – 60
pH 6 – 7.5
Soil Temperature (°C)
Hardy / Frost Tender Frost Tender
Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings Sow Direct
Seed Preparation