Unique looking spoon-shaped fruits with dark green and golden-yellow banding patterns and up to 5 bands at full maturity.
Unique looking spoon-shaped fruits with dark green and golden-yellow banding patterns and up to 5 bands at full maturity. Mature fruits average 10 cm (4.5") length. Grow much like squash and cucumbers. Directly sowing seeds into warm, well drained soil is best where the growing season is at least 100 days long. Seeds do not germinate well in cool soil. Late sowing usually does better than early sowing. If you need to get a head start, plant indoors into peat pots. Leave pots in a warm, brightly illuminated place. As gourds resent transplanting, the use of a peat pot that may be directly planted into the garden, without disturbing roots, is recommended. You may want to try growing onto a low trellis.
100 seeds $8.35
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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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