Can I Grow Gourds?
Ornamental gourds are very easy to grow, sowing seeds directly in the garden.
Gourds prefer full sun and rich well-drained soil that is rich in organic
material. Sow the seeds outdoors after all danger of frost has passed
and the weather is warm. Sow seeds 1-2 inches deep in groups of 4 seeds,
spacing in groups 5 feet apart in rows spaced 8 feet apart. Thin seedlings
to 2 or 3 in each group when leaves develop. Gourds grow well on trellises
or supports, keeping the fruits off the ground.
Should I Plant Gourd Seeds Or Plants
Gourds are best grown from seed planted directly in the garden. You can
start seed indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost in areas with shorter
How To Cultivate Gourd Plants
Gourds need very little attention except to keep the plants from overwhelming
each other and other garden plants.
Gourd Growing Tips
Squash plants need extra water during dry and hot periods. They grow quickly
and will train nicely on a trellis, fence or other tall supports.
Gourd Plant Insects & Diseases
Large gourds are rarely bothered by insects and diseases. Small gourds
can be susceptible to the same problems as cucumbers and pumpkins. Avoid
planting in the same spot 2 years in a row to minimize the chance for
Gourd Harvesting Tips
Harvest small gourds as they begin to develop their full color and become
hard to the touch. Many small gourds will dry and preserve. Harvest
large gourds at frost time for decoration, they will not keep for drying.
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