Ash Gourd Cultivation

Diseases and Management

  • Powdery Mildew
    Ash coloured spots appear on the surface of the leaf and stem, damaging both. To control this, apply Bavistin at the rate of 4 gms per liter and sanitise the field.
  • Downy Mildew
    Yellow spots appear on the top side of the leaf. Similarly water soaked like spots of fungus appear on the bottom side of the leaf. To control this spray Dithane M 45 at the rate of 4 gm per liter of water and sanitise the field.
  • Mosaic Virus
    Yellow and Green coloured mottled appearance of the leaf. To control this, it is necessary to control the carrier pests. Use of Mosaic Resistant varieties and Field sanitation has to be done.

Harvesting and Yield

Fruits are harvested after three months of sowing. Harvesting can be done at weekly intervals. Harvesting of fruits can be done at immature stage and at mature stage. It is advisable to harvest fruits at immature stage for food consumption. If fruits are harvested at immature stage at frequent intervals application of Fertilisers in splits as top dressing is advised. Mature fruits are harvested for long distance transport requirements which takes time an for seed extraction. The matured fruits will have developed with full waxy coating on the surface. We can get more tonnage if we harvest fruits at immature stage than after maturity, since keeping fruits in the plant for long time will hinder further fruit formation. For seed purpose the fruits are left unharvested till all the veins and stalks are fully dried.

Marketing

Ash gourd can be marketed through local markets or with an arrangement for marketing by a marketing agency. The fruits have be kept in good condition avoiding bruises and cuts during handling. It can be stored for long time without any damage to the fruits. This is advantageous to the farmer since he need not have to sell this urgently in distress. For seeds extraction also it has to be stored at least for 3 months and can be marketed.

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