Organic Gourd, Ornamental, Fancy Mix seeds , Non-GMO B25

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A delightful potluck mix of smaller gourd varieties. This mixture of small gourds includes both smooth and warted varieties in a multitude of unusual shapes and colors.

Favored for Crafting and decorating
Blend of different shapes and textures
Will tolerate some shade, but prefers full sun exposure
Rare, Super Profilic and Delicious

Name: Gourd Seeds
Botanical Name: Lagenaria siceraria
Life Cycle: Annual
Light Requirement: Full Sun
Planting Season: Warm Season
Plant Type: Vining
Features: Heirloom, Open Pollinated
Fruit Size: Up to 15"
Days to Maturity: 90-120 Days
Plant Spacing: 24-36 inches
Planting Depth: 1/2 inch
Sowing Method: Direct Sow, Start Indoors
Cold Stratification: No
Seeds per Packet: 3 g
Hardiness Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships: Year Round
Count: ~ 25 seeds per packet.
This is a MIX!!! SEEDS ARE NOT individually packaged according to variety but are packaged in one envelope for this listing!
This mix includes the best of the large gourds-Calabash, Dipper, Large Bottle and Cucuzzi. Attractive fall and winter decorations. Vines spread 12 ft.

Sow in a rich, well-drained location in full sun after all danger of frost. Do not plant squash family crops in the same spot 2 years in a row.

Scarify the seeds with a nail file or sandpaper, then soak them in a bowl of lukewarm water for 24 hours to help speed up the process significantly. Dry the seeds completely on a piece of wax paper to prevent them from rotting before they even sprout. Dig rows 2 – 3 feet apart and create hills that have 4 – 5 feet of space between hills. Plant each seedling or sow each seed in its own hill, and cover with ½ inch of dirt, or to the base of new growth for seedlings. Water frequently to keep soil damp. Mulch can help contain moisture in dryer spells or climates.

Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
Gourds grow well on trellises or supports, keeping the fruits off the ground.
Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
Sow 6-8 seeds 3 inches apart in hills 8 feet apart.
Cover seeds with a ½ inch of fine soil.
Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
Seeds emerge in 7-14 days.
Thin seedlings to 3-4 per hill when they are 1-2 inches high.
Gourds can cure on the vine once the vine starts to die, but turn them occasionally and prevent them from touching and make sure to check for pests. Curing process takes around several weeks to a month. Edible gourds need to be removed from the vine when they are younger. If they need to be cut early, wait until the vine at the top of the gourd is completely dry and brown. Gourds that are ready are hard and waxy to the touch. Fully cured gourds rattle when shaken, as the seeds are bouncing around inside. Soft and squishy indicates a rotten gourd, and should be discarded.