Planting & Growing
Full sun, generous water, warm sandy soils are ideal, loosened and mulched soil good to have before seeding, pile mounds of soil around bases of seedlings to avoid pooling water, plant 6-8 seeds per hill, use agricultural cloth or black plastic covering to protect young delicate fruits, grow with ample time before nighttime temperatures reach 9 degrees C, may directly plant seeds in warm soil if growing in hot climate with extended warm growing season, gardeners with short warm seasons should start seed germination indoors 3-4 weeks before warm season begins.
- Row Spacing: 170-200cm
- Plant Spacing: Plant 6-8 seeds together in hills
- Depth: 0.6cm
- Maturity: 70-90 days
growing months & season - per region
JAN, SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC
APR, MAY, JUN, JUL
SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC
JAN, OCT, NOV, DEC
Good intercropped with corn to provide ground coverage, root moisture, soil health and weed suppression.
Used for hydration, weight loss, low calorie, cleanses liver and kidney, reduced blood pressue, vitamin A; known natural aphrodisiac.