Organic Ornamental Gourds Fancy Mixed 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.

Gourds primarily serve a decorative purpose. Why grow one type when you could have a variety? A variety of gourds will look more interesting displayed throughout your home. Additionally, small gourds take up less space in the garden. Typically there are fewer rotting and mildew issues because smaller gourds get better circulation.

Gourds are primarily used for decoration and autumn decor. Small gourds are the perfect filler. Try this as a centerpiece. Get a bowl that is low and wide. Place gourds in a bowl with some other fall accents like pine cones and mini pumpkins. Your centerpiece is set! This festive and natural centerpiece and happily decompose in your compost bin after the fall season.

This is a collection of different shapes in shades of white, cream, gold, yellow, and green. These gourds are suitable for decoration. This mix of small, non-GMO gourd seeds is a collection of gourds that will grow into different shapes and shades, including green, white and yellow.

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.

A mix of small gourds. No two bags of seeds will be alike! 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.

HOW TO PLANT GOURD SEEDS 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.

Gourd seeds can be sown directly outdoors by planting one inch deep with five feet between plants and eight feet between rows. While growing, be sure not to overwater, as doing so can cause rot and mildew to spread throughout the vine. When the Gourds are ready to be harvested, the stems will turn yellow and can be cut off the vine.

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.

HOW TO HARVEST GOURDS 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.