Grow your own slippery snake! This is an unusual pale green narrow gourds that twist and curl, then, once dried, can be painted with your personalised snake pattern.
THE FRUIT IS NOT EDIBLE!
Sow from March to April 1cm deep, in pots of moist seed compost. Place in a propagator or warm place, and keep at a constant temperature of between 20-25C. After sowing, do not exclude light as this helps germination. Keep the surface of the compost moist but not waterlogged; germination will usually take 7 to 21 days. When at the 2 leaf stage, transplant seedlings on into 13cm pots and grow on in well-lit conditions. Can also be sown direct outdoors once the soil has warmed. Gradually acclimatise young plants to outdoor conditions for 1 to 15 days before planting out after all risk of frost, 60cm apart. For best results, provide a deep, rich, well-drained soil in full sun. Dry fruits fully in a cool, airy position before painting the skins.