Ridge Gourd Cultivation

3. Pant Torai

Developed at GBPU, Pant Nagar, Gujarat. It is about 5 Cms long.
Yield - 25 t/Acre. Suitable for rainy seasons.

4. CO 1

Developed at TNAU, Coimbatore. It is 60 to 75 Cms long. Yield 35 t/Acre.

5. CO 2

Developed at TNAU, Coimbatore. It is 90 to 100 Cms long. Yield 60 t/Acre.

6. PKM 1

Developed by TNAU ,Coimbatore. Yield 70 t/Acre.

7. Swarna Manjari

Developed by HARP, Ranchi. Yield 49 t/Acre. Tolerant to powdery mildew.

8. Punjab Sadabhar

Developed by PAU, Ludhiana. 25 t/Acre.

9. Satputia

Cultivar of Bihar. Produces cluster of fruits with 5 to 7 fruits per cluster. Yield 50 to 60 t/Acre.

10. Arka Sujat

Developed by IIHR, Bangalore. It is 35 to 45 cm long. Yield 63 t/Acre.

Crop Management

Field Preparation

The field is to be ploughed three times before sowing. Field Yard manure to be applied to the fields @ 125 Kg and Neem Cake @ 250 Kg per acre along with Azospirillum 5 Kg and 6.5 Kg of Pseudomonas after 2nd ploughing. It is desirable if the pH value of the soil is at 6.5 to 7. Good drainage for water is required.

Propagation

Propagation of the plant is through seeds.

Sowing, Nursery and Transplanting

Seed Rate

About 12 kg seed per Acre is required for ridge gourd cultivation.

Seed Treatment

The seeds of ridge gourd are very hard and having a very smooth surface and may take more time to germinate. In order to enable for earlier germination of seeds, they are to be first roughed lightly with rolling over a sand paper and soaked in luke warm water over night. Before sowing, the seeds are to be treated with Trichoderma viride @ 4 gm per kg or Pseudomonas fluorescens @ 10 gms per kg of seeds.

Transplanting

The seeds can be directly sowed three numbers in a pit or can be grown initially in a polythene bag filled with same soil and transplanted at the pits after a healthy growth of the plant. Thinning to two plants after healthy growth of plants to be carried out.

Spacing

The plants are sown at a spacing of 150 X 200 cm.

Methods

The seeds are sown following two methods. One is Bed type the other is Pits or furrows type. Generally the Bed type method, is followed for Trellis or raised type of growing and Pits type is followed for ground trailing method of growing. In ground trailing method, the fruits will have a flat side whereas in raised method the fruits will be round shape.

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