Calabash 'Sicilian Snake' is an intriguing, quickly growing annual creeping plant that grows up to 3 m long. Its ornamental value comes from large, semicircular leaves that grow on thin petioles and long, twining fruit that grow up to 1 m long. These fruit are covered with hard, creamy-white skin and their shape resemble snakes, hence the name of this cultivar. Calabash 'Sicilian Snake' is perfect for covering fences, pergolas and gazebos. Its woody fruit that are harvested in autumn would retain their ornamental value until winter.
Sow seeds under covers or at home in spring. The plants of this cultivar would also develop nicely from seeds sown directly onto the borders in the second half of May.
The site for the bottle gourd culture, as this plant is also commonly called, should be sunny and sheltered from strong winds. During colder summers the plants would grow better under covers, in greenhouse or in plastic foil tunnel. The soil on the site chosen for growing this creeper needs to be fertile with a reaction close to neutral (ph 6.0 - 7.0).
Packages available on sale contain 10 pieces of 'Sicilian Snake' calabash seeds.
- Height: up to 300 cm long
- Use: Ornamental - fences, pergolas, gazebos
- Harvest time: autumn
- Growth form: creeping
- Vegetation form: annual
- Site: sunny, wind-sheltered; fertile soil with a close-to-neutral reaction
- Quantity: 10