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Gourd, Extra Long Handle Dipper
A magnificent heirloom gourd with a beautifully curved swooping "handle."
This is one ornamental gourd that's worth watching. Leave it on the ground and marvel as the long, swooping, curved handle—up to 6' long—twists and turns. If a straight handle is your thing, training it on a trellis will do the trick.
Sow gourd seeds in average soil in full sun in spring after all danger of frost. Sow 6-8 seeds about 3" apart in hills 8’ apart. Cover with 1/2"of fine soil; firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
How to Grow
Thin seedlings to 3-4 per hill when they are 1-2" high. Provide plants with extra water during dry weather. Do not plant squash family crops in the same spot 2 years in a row.
Harvest after the shells harden. Cut the fruits from the vines with 1-2" of stem attached, then cure them for a week in a warm, dry location with good air circulation. Store them in a cool, dry place at 50-55°F for use throughout the winter. Add to fall and winter displays when dried.