Kitazawa Seed Company is partnering with Agrohaitai Ltd. in Canada to serve their US customers and for Kitazawa Seed Company to offer Agrohaitai’s wide selection of quality seeds. We welcome Agrohaitai customers to our website.
Cultivation: Needs a long, warm growing season. Prepare fertile, well drained soil. Sow seeds in late spring/early summer after last frost in a warm, sunny location. Hill planting: Form soil into a 1-ft. diameter mound 3-4" tall. Space mounds 4-6' apart. On each mound plant 3 seeds. Row planting: See spacing info in chart. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Train to climb a vertical support for better air circulation, straighter fruit and ease of harvest or leave to sprawl on the ground. May need hand pollinating.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: The immature fruit can be steamed; it must be picked before the skin hardens. Mature fruit is used mainly for kampyo by drying the gourd flesh into strips for sushi. Kampyo needs to be soaked, salted, rinsed and boiled to soften it for use.
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