Unique claw-like, small gourds on a very compact vining plants. Fruit colour varies from cream, yellow, orange to green with stripes.
Unique claw-like, small gourds on a very compact vining plants. Fruit colour varies from cream, yellow, orange to green with stripes. The gourds average about 10 cm (4") across. When the stems turn brown and dry, the gourds are ready for harvesting. If you are cramped for space, gourds easily lend themselves to growing vertically on a trellis or other supporting structure.
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How To Grow
Gourds are a hot weather crop. They need full sun and deep, rich, well drained, organic soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Before planting, work in lots of compost. Directly plant seed outdoors in late May to June 2.5 cm (1") deep in hills 2.4 m (8') apart with 4-6 seeds per hill. After germination, thin to 3 plants per hill. Seed can be started indoors 3 weeks before the plant out date. They do not transplant well--use paper or fibre pots that can be set directly in the soil. Protect mature fruits from frost and cold temperatures.
Blooming Season Begins
Start Indoors or Sow Direct Late Spring
Days to Emergence
7 to 10
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