Temp20°C – 34°C,
pH 6-6.8(slightly acidic)
Sun: Full sun (min. 6-7 hours daily).
Soil: Well-drained loamy soil.
Water: Regular watering is needed. Soil should always be kept moist.
Fertilizer: Needs a steady supply of nutrients. Add a good amount of compost in the soil. The dark green variety of sponge gourd. Fruit can reach 12 inches long if plants are feed properly. Vigorous growth lot of space is needed and high fruit yield.
Heirloom/open pollinated variety you can save its seeds.
Plants can grow very big to provide them with a lot of space. Vines climb best on vertical supports and will give better results.