UGU Telfairia occidentalis otherwise called fluted pumpkin is one of the commonest, popular cut herbs grown mainly in southeastern Nigeria and belongs to the cucurbitaceace family. The crop, which originated from West Africa, is a perennial climber grown for its leaves and seeds, which are very nutritious. When cultivated, the fluted pumpkins develop tendrils that usually creep and spread on the surface of the ground. Characterised by broad lobed leaves, the fluted pumpkin leaves (Telfairia Occidentalis) is locally referred to as ugu leaves and culinarily used for cooking stews, soups, yam and vegetables, sauces and even for medicinal purposes.
These pumpkin seeds are a must-have for any farmer who is into pumpkin production. Before you plant, keep in mind that you’ll need plenty of room in your backyard to space out the seeds, so aspiring pumpkin growers who lack substantial outdoor space might want to stick to the pumpkin patch or store. Caring for the pumpkins when they’re in the ground can be a time-intensive process, but as long as you set a routine, there will be big orange pumpkin fruits/vegetables on your farm in just a few months.
Features of Ugu
Ugu (“Telfairia occidentalis”,”ikong-ubong”) plants produce large, dark green edible leaves that can be eaten raw or cooked as a vegetable. It’s considered a “superfood”. Ugu is typically grown vertically on trestle-like structures; however, it can be allowed to spread flat on a field. Harvesting can be done every 2 weeks.Pumpkin seeds are edible seeds typically roasted for consumption. Place orders for your pumpkin seeds today.
Where to plant pumpkin seeds
Ensure you pick a planting site with good sunlight. Keep in mind that the soil should be able to drain because pumpkins prefer soil that is not too soggy. The pumpkins will need some room to grow, so you’ll need to clear a big spot on your farm.
Check the pH of your soil (which you can do with a kit)—it should read between 6 and 6.8. Make sure the area is clear of any pests, insects, and weeds: You can use weed block two weeks ahead of planting, which will allow the weeds to die naturally.
When to plant pumpkins
The best time to plant pumpkin seeds is from late May to early July, so you can get productivity at its peak.
Prices of Ugu
$13.97 – $15.00