Wax Gourd, White Gourd, Tallow Gourd, Ash Gourd, Gourd Melon, Winter Melon
Benincasa hispida 'Chinese Preserving Melon'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Benincasa (ben-in-KAH-suh) (Info)
Species: hispida (HISS-pih-duh) (Info)
Cultivar: Chinese Preserving Melon
Additional cultivar information:(aka Courge la cire, Chinese Winter Melon)
Registered or introduced: 1892

Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

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Foliage:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

North Fort Myers, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Mar 12, 2008, jganjay from North Fort Myers, FL wrote:

The fruit can be stored for up to a year at room temperature without spoilage.

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On Sep 19, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A large round to oblong fruit, 10-1inches long, 15-25 lb, waxy. Introduced to USA from China in 1892