Actually, oyong is a very easy growing plant.
If the plant is obtained adequate nutrition, the plant will grow so fast.
The black flat seed is taken from dry ripen fruit.
The seed will germinate 7-10 days after sowing.
If we soak the seed on the warm water for about a night, it will be germinated faster, about 5-6 days.
Soil that rich of organic material and has medium humidity will stimulate best growth.
The growth will so fast during the rainy season, but the best yield is usually on the dry season.
Sometimes we can find lots of black ants on this vine, but they won't be make serious problem.
People says that these ants help the pollination.
Not all of the pollination get success.
Sometimes deficiency of nutrition or organic material make the vine looks so poor.
The leaves and stem will smaller, and the fruit set won't be developed.
Just stuck and turns yellowish.
Look my poor vine...
Actually lots of fruit sets there, but no one grow into long big fruit.
So, after I added more compost and give regular watering, the vine turned so fresh and the fruit became formed normally.
But little green caterpillars always make serious problem on the leaves.
We need long plastic wrap to keep them protected.
If the media and the weather are suitable, this vine will produce fresh fruit for about 3-4 months continously until the vine is dried and died.
Next we will talk about the benefits of oyong.
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