Planting & Care
Soil & Water:Plant in very rich fertile soil in full sun after warm weather is consistent.
Planting & Growing:To start seeds early indoors, sow 1 seeds, 1 inch deep in individual pots of potting mix. Keep warm and moist and provide a strong light source. When seedlings are well established and outside temperatures are above 50 degrees, acclimatize to outdoor conditions. Transplant seedlings at sunny garden edges to ramble or 12 inches apart along a sturdy fence or trellis.
To start outdoors (only in areas with very long growing seasons) plant after night temperatures stay above 50 degrees. Sow 2-3 seeds 1 inch deep and 12 inches apart and 4 inches from vertical support. Thin seedlings to the strongest 1 or 2 per group. Or plant 6-8 seeds in hills 8 feet apart, thinning to 3-4 per hill and allowing vines to ramble or climb trellis or teepee.
Harvesting & Storage:Gourds are mature when the tendril next to the stem turns brown and rinds are tough. Harvest with several inches of stem and dry in a well ventilated place. Full curing may require several months and gourds will become light and the seeds will rattle inside. Discard gourds that rot or are soft and wrinkled.