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Characteristics: Fruiting Vine
Seeds per packet: 8
Fast growing vines may be ground dwelling, but grow best when give upward support. If growing for sponges, allow the fruits to turn from green to yellow on the vine. Fruits will lose quite a bit of moisture and become light. Harvest, pull of thin outer skin and remove seeds. The fibrous core should then be bleached and dried before using. Grown both for its edible fruits and as a source of sponges.
Adaptable to most good garden soils but prefers a rich soil with generous amount of water in full sun.
Tropical: All Year Round
Temperate: Spring to Early Summer
Cool climate: Mid Spring to Early Summer
Sow: 2cm deep
Sow 3-4 seeds in raised mounds 1 metre apart in direct in growing position. Thin to to the stwo strongest plants in each mound.
Plant space: 1 metre
Row Space: 1 metre
Germination: 6-10 days
Maturity: 14 weeks