As the name implies, they resemble Swans in shape!
Best results from directly sowing into a sunny, warm, well drained garden, June through July. Expect at least 95 days before harvestable fruit matures. For cleaner fruit, vines can be trained to grow on a trellis. Cut ripe fruit from the vine when firm and no longer yield to pressure. Be careful not to bruise--this encourages rot. Wash fruit and store in a warm, very well ventilated place to dry for at least 2-3 weeks (occasionally turn the fruit) – larger fruits take longer to dry. Should rattle when shaken, if drying is complete. Glaze with a floor wax to help preserve the skin.
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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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