Ivy Gourd Seeds (Coccinia grandis) Tindora ,Pak Tum Lung,little gourd is a tropical vine
Scientific Name: Coccinia grandis. Common name: "Tindora".
A popular vegetable in India that can be eaten raw like a tiny cucumber or cooked as a side dish. Native to tropical Africa and Asia. It is a robust and hardy plant that is easy to grow from seeds. It makes a prolific vine, It is an excellent xeriscape plant that is drought tolerant and easily cared in the garden or landscape. Just needs sunlight and space. It is a respected medicinal plant in many countries and is used as a natural medicine against a range of ailments.
It is a vine plant, similar to cucumber and squash, though unlike those it is perennial. It is a dioecious (male and female plants) vine (creeper) plant with heart-shaped leaves (cordate) and is grown on a trellis.
The fruits are green with white or no stripes. Size can vary from small and round to thick and long â 2 to 6 inches (5 to 15 cm). It thrives well under a hot to moderately warm and humid climate. The plant remains dormant during the winter season and prefers a fertile, well-drained sandy loam soil due to its susceptibility to water-logging.
Common name: Ivy gourd
Vernacular Languages: Hindi: Kundri; Santhali: Kundri; Marathi: Tondli
Botanical Name: Coccinia grandis
The plant prefers sandy, loamy and clay soils and requires well-drained soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and alkaline soils.
Sow about 2-3 seeds in a pot. The seed usually germinates within 2 - 4 weeks.
Thin out the weaker seedlings to leave the strongest one in the pot.
The plant grows in the tropical and subtropical regions.
The plant needs to be grown in full sun.
Water lightly at 4-5 day interval during seedling and growing stage. Restrict the irrigation one week before flowering. The plants should be irrigated during hot weather and care should be taken to keep the root zone sufficiently moist.
The plant grows best under conditions of adequate rainfall and high humidity.
While planting, provide a trellis in the pot with the help of which the plant will grow.
Liberal application of farmyard manure along with 70 g nitrogen and 25 g each of phosphorus and potash per pot would prove to be rewarding. Fertilizer application should be followed by loosening up the soil. Make sure that watering is done immediately after fertilizer application. If the growth of the plant is weak, vegetable mixture (7:10:5) can be applied at frequent intervals.
Pest and Problems:
No major pests and diseases are known to affect this plant.
Ivy gourd is an aggressive climbing vine. Male and female flowers grow on separate plants. They usually grow singly with long tubular petals each with six lobes. Male flowers have long (6 mm) filamentous stamens while female flowers have a two lobed stigma. The fruit is an oval hairless gourd, looking like a small gherkin. When mature they are bright red.
Flowering commences about sixty days after sowing. Harvesting can be done when the fruit stalks show signs of drying up.
Ivy gourd is an aggressive climbing plant that can quickly spread over other shrubs smothering them.
The leaves are used in diabetic treatment as an ayurvedic medicine
This plant with it's fruit is said to have many herbal uses related to diabetes.
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