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Gourd Ornamental Small Fancy Mix

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Colorful varieties make attractive fall and winter decorations.

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Kids will love these mixed colored 3-6" gourds. They make eye-catching fall and winter decorations too. Plant after danger of frost and see what grows. Fruits are yellow, orange, green, white or multi-colored, and they come in a various shapes. Vines spread 12'.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

110-130 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

3-6 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

96-144 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24-36 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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How to Sow

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • 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.
  • 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.

How to Grow

  • 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.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Harvest after the shells harden. Cut the fruits from the vines with 1-2 inches of stem attached.
  • Cure them for a week in a warm, dry location with good air circulation.
  • Store them in a cool, dry place at 50-55 degrees F for use throughout the winter.
  • Add to fall and winter displays when dried.
Days To Maturity
110-130 days
Fruit Size
3-6 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
96-144 inches
Height
24-36 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
18 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Gourd Ornamental Small Fancy Mix is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Most of the gourds were the small lemon ones Not the attractive gourds in the picture. Waste of time, invaded by powdery mildew
Date published: 2016-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy Gourds We purchased our first home home last spring and the sellers left some Burpee seed in the shed. I had zero idea what I was doing and I planted a bunch of different kinds of seed in the garden, way too close together. Very quickly the vines from the small ornamental gourds took over and choked out all of the other plants in the garden. In fact, my garden could not contain the vines anymore, so I enclosed it with some cheap 6 foot high chicken wire/type fencing. The vines started growing up and down the sides of the fence. I was amazed by the beautiful yellow & orange flowers the gourd vines produced. And I was even more amazed when the female flowers fruited into magnificent gourds. I ended up with well over a hundred gourds of all different shapes and sizes and colors. Some tips: I used a bunch of miracle grow fertilizer too. I think the gourds really took off when I allowed them to grow up and down the fencing. Also, I think the pack says the vines spread 12 feet. I found that mine spread up to 20 feet easily. I live in Minnesota, so I couldn't imagine how many more gourds I would get if the growing season was just a bit longer. Almost everyday when I was out in the yard, my neighbors would walk by and admire the gourd patch. A lot of people asked "why are you growing gourds?" And I could only respond that "it's super fun growing gourds". I cannot wait until this spring when I expand my garden and plant some different varities of gourd/pumpkin/squash this year. YESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2013-03-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Squash, Ornimental Planted seed as directed on seed package but not one sprout come up. I also planted a packet of large gourd seed the same day and every one of these are up about 8 in. above ground and growing well.
Date published: 2012-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty and Prolific I've planted these little gourds several years now and they still amaze me with their beauty and the huge number of fruit. One vine has 22 green and yellow nubby little gourds on it. That's more on one vine than some I've planted and gotten from the entire hill. of your competitor's. My grandchildren also love these and take them to school for show and tell.
Date published: 2007-09-16
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