Plant Care Calabash


About Calabash

Bottle gourd is an annual, vining member of the squash family that is widely cultivated for its interestingly shaped fruits. The genus name derives from the Greek word, lagenos, for "vase." When dry, the fruits can be used as containers, pipes, rattles and many other uses.


Lagenaria siceraria

Also known as

Bottle gourd, Bottle gourd, White-flowered gourd, Long melon, New guinea bean, Tasmania bean and Calabash gourds

How to care for Calabash


How often to water your Calabash

Water needs for Calabash
0.5 cups
every 9

Calabash needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Calabash

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Bottle gourd in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Calabash: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Calabash love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Calabash does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Calabash

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Calabash: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Calabash after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Calabash is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Calabash



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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