Gourd - Small Mixed - Lagenaria siceraria
Tender Annual Blend of small-fruited types with smooth or warted skin in a variety of fat, crooked, smooth or knobby. Bright orange, striped orange, milky, green, striped green or differing colors above & below the midriff. Very productive.
Soil & Water: Gourds prefer rich, fertile soil with plenty of added organic matter. Water moderately early in development and heavier after fruits form.
Planting & Growing: Start indoors 3 weeks before the last frost. Sow directly outdoors only in warm climates after the last frost. The vines are best grown up a strong support like a fence or sturdy trellis. Use row covers over young plants to protect them from pests and to provide additional warmth.
Harvesting & Storage: Harvest when gourd turns pale, gently cutting the stem. Carefully rinse in a 9:1 bleach solution and hang in a warm, dry location until the seeds rattle, usually 3-4 weeks.
Did You Know? A gourd is a member of the cucurbitaceae family, which also includes melons, squash, cucumbers, and pumpkins. All of these plants are native to the Americas.
Soil Temperature: 75-90F
Planting Depth: 1"
Germination: 4-12 Days
Height At Maturity: Vining
Days To Maturity: 90 Days
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 2'
Approx Seeds per 1/4 lbs: 1,818
3 x 8 x 0.5 inches.