Tinda also known as apple guard, round gourd or Indian squash is considered to be one of the healthiest vegetables because of its basic nature.
Its curry is savored all over India especially in northern region.
Today, I will show you the steps to grow Tinda at home easily.
But first lets have:
A Quick Overview of Growing Tinda at Home
|Sowing Time||Feb – April, Jun-July|
|Germination Time||7-15 days|
|Container Size||14 Inch (At least)|
How To Grow Tinda At Home – Step By Step
Things We Will Need to Grow Tinda
Get good quality seeds from nearby nursery or order them online.
For container you can use pots, grow bags or recycled buckets. 14-inch container are good for growing tinda.
Make 4-5 drainage holes at the bottom of container.
Best potting soil for Tinda consists of:
- Sandy Soil – 40%
- Coco peat – 30%
- Cow Dung or Vermicompost – 25%
- Used Tea Leaves and Handful of Neem Cake.
Mix them together and leave under sun for sterilization.
Never use normal water pipe for watering plant as its flow will disrupt the roots and your plant will ultimately die.
Invest in a good watering can.
Steps Involved in Growing Tinda
Sowing of Seeds
The first step is to sow the seeds of Tinda.
Directly sow them in the potting soil, and sow only 2 seeds per pot for better and healthy growth.
Make a small hole of 1 inch deep and bury the seed then cover it with the soil.
Once this is done water the container with the help of watering can, please don’t use normal pipe otherwise its force will dislodge the seeds.
Water it thoroughly and make sure that water comes out of the drainage holes.
Germination Time of Tinda
It takes around 1 -2 weeks for germination. And within this period, it will grow first two leaves called cotyledons.
As you have grown two seeds per pot, after germination check which one is weak and once you figure it out, cut it with scissor and only keep the healthier one.
Tinda loves sunlight and requires 6 hours of sunlight every day, if the temperature goes beyond 35 degree Celsius then you can consider getting it under shade or if the leaves start to burn.
Otherwise it will do mostly fine without shade.
Water over the soil and not on the plant, this is one mistake new gardeners tend to make.
Plants take their water from the roots and not from the leaves so avoid watering on the plant as it will mostly evaporate and your plant will remain devoid of it.
During summers you will need to water it every day, because obviously the water will dry out quickly.
Before watering it make sure to insert your finger inside the soil if its dry or not.
If it feels dry and easily breaks then water it thoroughly.
If it feels moist you can avoid watering it.
Remember, overwatering and underwatering both can have adverse effect on your plant.
Harvesting of Tinda
After sowing of the seeds, it takes around 30-40 days for the flowers to appear.
Once tinda starts to grow you can harvest it within two weeks, make sure to not let it mature.
You should only harvest those tinda, which are smooth and tender and if you press your nails, it should penetrate.
If its not smooth and its shell has got harder, avoiding using it for eating.
How to Grow Tinda Faster
If you want to grow tinda faster you can speed up the germination process.
For this all you need is a paper towel and the seeds.
Sprinkle the seeds in a plastic box
Make your paper towel wet.
Place it over the seeds and keep it in indirect bright sunlight.
After a few days, you will get your small saplings now you can grow them directly in the potting soil.
Rest of the process will be same.
This was the step by step guide for growing tinda at home.
I hope, you have now understood the whole process and will be able to grow it smoothly.
If it did helped you, make sure to share it with your friends and family members.