I wanted to plant it too and asked for some seeds. Amelia gave me some ripe red gourds and I sowed the plump seeds. Nothing came up. After a few tries, I gave up.
Then a number of years down the road, someone gave me cuttings. That worked. Finally, I had my own Coccinia grandis vine.
The Coccinia grandis winds around the champagne palm in the garden. It must be at least 15 years old now and shows no sign of slowing down. We control it by pruning it back or it’d smother the whole palm. In some countries its growth is so rampant that it’s considered a weed.
The Coccinia grandis is a handsome specimen with glossy, ivy-shaped leaves. Besides, it is a perennial which means there’s no need for replanting.
The small gherkin-like gourds are not just crunchy and edible, they are pretty to look at as well. To top that, even the leaves are edible. You really couldn’t ask for more.
Care and propagation: part shade to full sun; water moderately; propagate through cuttings (preferred) or seeds; control spread by pruning