What are the pros? lovely shapely gourd-fruit
What are the cons? puny vines, assassin bugs
This is my third time growing this variety over the past decade. It has scrappy, sparse foliage growth similar to another gourd variety I've grown "Corsican sugar bowl." Not one to be grown for guaranteed luxuriant vine coverage over arbors or fences!
It attracts assassin-bugs like mad; something I barely have enough quantity of to notice unless I grow this variety. With more vigorous varieties that do better around here, I only see assassin bugs on weaker plants that need a good watering. And only on young, soft fruit. My Nigerian Saybo fruit struggles with these bugs until it hardens to yellow/brown.
It really does have a shapely, lovely gourd fruit. I have a faint memory of seeing this exact type of gourd painted like a blue heron, with pronged sticks for legs-feet.
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