It grows in the tropical regions mostly. The plant is mainly popular for its medicinal properties. Diabetic patients benefit from the properties of the ivy gourd plant. The immature fruits are eaten commonly in many parts of the world.
Crop Cultivation/നടീൽ രീതി
Normally this crop is propagated vegetatively through stem cuttings (in some areas by seeds, but it takes more than year to establish a plant, if they are propagated through seeds). The stem cuttings should be semi hardwood and about 20 cm long with thickness about 2cm. The distance between the basins should be about 2 meters.The stem cuttings should have at least 4 to 6 leaves.
How to Grow / പരിപാലന രീതികൾ
Irrigate the plants immediately after plantation is done. During hot summer season, these plant requires light irrigation @ 1 week interval. Irrigation may not be required in rainy season. Using drip irrigation will be beneficial to maintain adequate moisture during flowering stage. As these plants are sensitive to water stagnation, make sure the soil to have well drainage to avoid water logging in the field.