Kalabasa is a tropical vegetable that can be grown in pots in your backyard or on a sunny windowsill. It is also known as “snake gourd” because of its shape, which resembles a snake. It’s related to the cucumber and pumpkin, but it’s different from both of them. Kalabasa is easy to grow and has beautiful white flowers that bloom on long vines. These vines are very delicate, so you’ll need to provide them with support as they grow. The plant produces large fruits that have an oval shape and can vary in color from yellow to orange or red depending on the variety of kalabasa you grow.
Kalabasa is a vegetable that can be grown in pots. It is a squash and the fruit of this plant has an appearance similar to zucchini. To grow kalabasa, you need to prepare a seedling bed that is sunny and well-drained. You can plant kalabasa seeds directly into the ground or start them indoors and then transplant them outside when they are about four inches tall. Once your plants are established, you should water them regularly, but not excessively. Kalabasa plants will produce fruit in about 70 days after planting seeds or transplanting seedlings outdoors.
Kalabasa is a tropical vine grown in the tropics. It is commonly used to make a stew called Kare-kare, which is a dish made with peanut sauce and vegetables. Like most root crops, kalabasa grows best in warm weather and rich soil. Because it is a vine, it will require some space to grow. Kalabasa can be grown from seeds or from cuttings.
The best way to start seeds indoors is by placing them in small pots or trays filled with potting soil or seed starting mix and keeping them in a warm place until they sprout. Be careful not to overwater your seedlings; if the soil feels dry when you gently press on it with your finger, it needs watering. Once your seedlings have grown their true leaves (the ones that look like leaves), transplant them into larger pots with good drainage holes in the bottom. Make sure that there are plenty of fibrous roots growing out of the bottom of each plant so they will be able to support themselves when they are transplanted outside later on down the road.
STEP 1: PLANT THE SEEDS
STEP 1: PLANT THE SEEDS. If you have the seeds of a kalabasa plant, you can follow the germination instructions below to grow your own plants or buy some from a nursery. Otherwise, take one of our fresh kalabasa fruits and cut it in half horizontally with a sharp knife. Take out all the seeds from inside and wash them under running water until they are clean. Put these seeds on top of moist potting soil and make sure to cover them lightly with more soil so that there is no light getting through to them.
After planting about 3-4 inches deep into the soil (or if you know someone who has grown kalabasas themselves before), keep checking on your seedlings regularly until they sprout. This should take around 5 days under good conditions but could take longer depending on how long it takes for germination itself (growth). When they’ve reached this point though don’t forget that while they may look like normal plants now don’t forget about watering them every few days because their roots aren’t strong enough yet.
STEP 2: LET IT GROW
The most important thing to do once your kalabasa has germinated is to keep the soil moist but not soggy. You can test for this by sticking a finger into the soil every couple of days and feeling if it’s damp to the touch. If it’s not, water as necessary until you can feel that it is.
You’ll also want to ensure that your plant gets plenty of sunlight—ideally at least 4 hours per day—as well as consistent temperatures no lower than about 55 degrees Fahrenheit (12 C). Keep in mind that too much or too little sun exposure will cause problems for growth; make sure you’re keeping track of how much light your kalabasa receives so that you don’t accidentally give it too much or too little.
STEP 3: CULTIVATE THE SOIL
- Place your Kalabasa plant in a pot with good soil.
- Add fertilizer and compost to the soil. This will help feed the kalabasa, as well as make sure that the roots have enough nutrients to keep them healthy.
- Add a layer of mulch—this keeps moisture levels steady around the plant so it doesn’t dry out too quickly or over-saturate from rainstorms.
- Water the soil thoroughly after adding fertilizer and compost, making sure to saturate every inch of it. Keep this up until watering becomes less frequent (usually after 2-3 weeks). After watering has been reduced, add another layer of compost every two weeks or so for several months until you see sprouts begin to appear from the seeds you planted earlier in step 2 above.
STEP 4: HARVEST YOUR KALABASA
Harvesting is quite simple. When the plant is about 2 feet tall, it’s time to harvest. Using a sharp knife, cut off all of the kalabasa from its vine and place in a large bowl or container. Store your harvested kalabasa in a cool area that is free from sunlight and moisture.
You can buy seeds online or at any reputable garden center. Plant one seed per pot and water deeply every day until they sprout; then continue to water regularly until harvest time (about 4-6 months).
Try these steps and grow your own kalabasa.
- Choose a pot that is 5-6 inches in diameter and has at least one inch of dirt in it.
- Dig a hole in the center of the pot with a shovel, then place your kalabasa seed on top of the soil, about half an inch deep.
- Cover up your kalabasa seed with more soil or compost, making sure to keep it moist throughout all stages of growth by watering regularly (once every five days).
- As your plant grows larger while maintaining its shape, cut off any dead or dying stems and leaves using pruning shears so that you can maintain its appearance while allowing it to grow larger and stronger.