V-3049| 25 Seeds |
120 Days to Maturity. Hard, smooth tan rind with flat oval base and tapered top. Most are 10-12" across and 14-16" tall. Dries and hollows out well and holds up well outdoors if cured properly, birdhouses for Purple Martins, Bluebirds or Wrens. Harvest green and dry with good circulation for several months. Clean the outside with a bleach bath prior to drilling a birdhouse hole. Coat with linseed oil or paint. 25 seeds per package.
Vegetable Garden - Tips on Growing Gourds From Seed
Many Garden Plants do not last long after they leave the garden, and why should they? We do not just grow vegetables for their looks, but because they provide nutritious and healthy food. We grow, we harvest and we eat. However Birdhouse Gourds just do not fit this formula. We grow them, we harvest them and then we cure them, carve them and hang them in a tree in hopes that a pair of birds will find the gourds and move into their new home. And when they do, we all take turns until the baby birds fly away. So we do not eat the birdhouse gourds, but they do provide food for the soul.
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Gourds will grow in soils less fertile than squash or melons. In deep bottom-land soils, light applications of compost and minerals are acceptable. In marginal soils of sandy texture, slightly heavier feeding is needed.
In northern climates, start seeds in greenhouse 6-10 weeks before transplant time. Start 3 seeds in 6" pots, transplanting outside when weather is warm and plants are sizable. Most larger kinds need 120-180 days to mature in the north. In warmer climates, sow seed directly. Gourds are drought tolerant and need less water than melons, especially in the latter part of the growth cycle.