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Spongegourd (गिलकी)


The white gourd is one of the popular gourds in India, it is very healthy and tasty. Gardeners always prefer to grow sponge gourd from seed to get organic vegetables with less effort.


This is one of the famous sponge gourd varieties that have green and slightly white color skin. These sponge gourds plant produces long, soft, attractive, and cylindrical vegetable that contains high fiber and minerals. Sponge gourd is a vine plant that can grow up to 30 feet tall but it grows very easy to grow in pots with little maintenance. Buy the Best Quality Sponge gourd F1 White Long Seeds Online at the best price in India from with a high germination rate.


About this item


  • Number of Sponge Gourd (White Long) seeds: 10 Seeds
  • Where to grow: Balcony or terrace garden
  • Growing season: Throughout the year
  • Sowing method: Direct
  • Seeds sowing depth: 0.5-1 inch
  • Germination Time: 7 to 14 days
  • Germination temperature: 18-30°C
  • Harvesting: 80 to 90 days from planting
  • Fruit: Green, Slightly white, Cylindrical In Shape
  • Plant vigor: climber plant, can grow 30 feet long

White Sponge Gourd Growing Season In India


In India, the growing season for sponge gourd is from February to October but it grows best during the summer season. However, due to the hot and humid climate in South India, sponge gourd seeds can be sown throughout the year.


How To Grow Long White Sponge Gourd


The white sponge gourd is a vine plant that needs more space to grow well but can easily grow in pots or grow bags easily (15-24 inches) wide and deep. Develop the strong trellis support by using materials like pipes, bamboo, ropes, wires, etc., to help them grow straight and long. Sponge gourd seeds will germinate in temperatures between 18-30°C. Sow white long sponge gourd seeds directly in any pot/grow bag and fill them with a sowing medium. Sow 2 seeds at the center of a pot or grow bag about 0.5-1 inch deep in the soil. Give deep water to your seedlings every day by using a watering can and keep maintaining moisture, the sponge gourd seeds germinated within 1-2 weeks.


How To Fertilize White Sponge Gourd Plant


After 20-25 days from sponge gourd seeds sowing, add a side dressing like homemade compost or vermicompost which provide additional nutrients to the gourd plant.


Sponge Gourd Plant Care And Tips


Sunlight: Sponge gourd prefers full sunlight for better growth.

Water:  Give water to your sponge gourd plants daily on summer days and 2 days once in the winter season; keep the soil moist but not soggy.

Soil: Use well-drained loamy soil for growing sponge gourd plants.

Temperature: Ideal temperature to grow sponge gourd is 20-32°C.

Common pests: Pests like crop bacteria, leaf spots, cucumber beetles, and downy mildew are normally found in sponge gourd plants. Use organic pesticide `Neem oil’ to protect the plant from harmful pests.


White Long Sponge Gourd Harvest Time


  • Within 50-55 days from the seeds sowing sponge gourd plant starts flowering.
  • Sponge gourd will take about 80 to 90 days for harvesting.
  • Cut the sponge gourd in the early stage, before the skin becomes thick.


White Sponge Gourd Special Features

  • Common names: loofah and gilki
  • Scientific name: Luffa aegyptiaca
  • Flower color: Yellow
  • Level of growing : Easy
  • Height: Up to 30 feet


Why are my sponge gourd seeds not germinating?

Improper soil, temperature, Overwatering, or underwatering can be the main reason for not germinating sponge gourd seeds.

Why is my sponge gourd flower dropping?

Overwatering, extremely high temperatures, and excess nitrogen in fertilizer cause sponge gourd flowers to drop.

Note: Images are for reference purposes only. The actual product may vary in shape or appearance based on climate, age, height, etc.

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