Plant Care Calabash Gourds

Calabash Gourds

About Calabash Gourds

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.

Taxonomy

Lagenaria siceraria
Lagenaria
Cucurbitaceae
Cucurbitales

Also known as

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

How to care for Calabash Gourds

💦 Water

How often to water your Calabash Gourds

Water needs for Calabash Gourds
0.5 cups
every 9

Calabash Gourds 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 Gourds

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Bottle gourd in your home

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

Calabash Gourds love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Calabash Gourds does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Calabash Gourds in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Calabash Gourds

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Calabash Gourds: 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 Gourds after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Calabash Gourds 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

Calabash Gourds prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Calabash Gourds requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💩 Fertilizer

Calabash Gourds is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Calabash Gourds can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Calabash Gourds

Calabash Gourds

Calabash Gourds


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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