I haven't seen our Indian friends here for a while, but I thought that maybe some others had tried them. I am trying them for the first time, looking for something that I can harvest immature, and use in place of summer squash, which I simply can not grow, due to SVBs.
I am growing two varieties - both hybrids - one Indian Long, and the other, Dhol, a shorter variety. They are growing in a large SIP, and growing crazy! The only problem I am having, which is probably a temporary problem, is that the Dhol has a large number of female flowers, with only a few males, and the first ones to open were the females, so the fruits will not develop much past the 2-3" they start out at. Most squash have a bunch of male flowers first! I finally found a male flower almost developed, so I opened it up, and attempted to hand pollinate the females from it, using a Q-tip. I'll find out if it works. Today, I saw a male opened up early on (one problem - these are night blossomers, unlike most squash that I've seen), so maybe they'll get to normal soon. The Indian long doesn't have any that I've seen opened yet, but both are LOADED with blossoms. And both have at least 4 new vines running off of the main vines. I'm wondering if the tendrils are edible, as with sweet peas, as they are there in huge numbers!
I started the seeds in jiffy pellets on 4-28 (the only thing i use jiffy pellets for - starting cucurbits just briefly before putting them out), and here is how large they got by 5-20:
DSCF0636 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
8 days later, the long was 3 1/2' up the trellis:
DSCF0656 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
5 days later, 2 1/2' higher, with new vines:
DSCF0668 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
6 days later, on 6-8, with the long variety going down the left side, and both with at least 3 more vines. While the leaves look sort of wilted, I think it's just due to the fact that they are very thin, and sort of collapse under their own weight. These, and a few eggplant leaves, were the only ones damaged by some hail a while back:
DSCF0678 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Here was the first flower, on 6-5. First cucurbit I have seen with a white flower, giving it the name "white flowered squash", in one of the regions where it is grown.
DSCF0670 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
As you can see, this has not been stunted by cool weather, at least I don't think! lol My peppers and okra (and eggplants, at first) are very slow this season, due to very cool nights, even though May was warmer than normal in this area! and the one bitter melon was slow, but starting to take off now. I have 3 SIPs covered with Agribon, and the peppers are twice as large in those, I assume due to the warmth. Have you been noticing this Apple? Your a little farther N than me, so it seems like it would be worse there.