Lagenaria siceraria "Small Mix"
V-2310| 30 Seeds |
80 Days to Maturity. The delightful bright colors and interesting varied shapes of this improved small fruited mixture will add a nice touch for fall decorations. It includes Orange, Pear, Apple, Crown of Thorns, bicolor and striped types, spoon, warted varieties and others. 95 Days. These little gourds can't take the cold like their bigger counterparts, the hard shelled versions. They are grown for their aesthetic and artistic values and have to be tended to when they are 'ripe', these gourds are frost sensitive when mature, and should be harvested before the first predicted frost event in the fall. Full-color development, and the drying and hardening of the stem and outer skin are harvest indicators. The ideal soil pH is in the range of 6.5 to 7.0. 30 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.