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Gourd, Ornamental Big Gourds Mix

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The best of the large gourds.

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This mix includes the best of the large gourds-Calabash, Dipper, Large Bottle and Cucuzzi. Attractive fall and winter decorations. Vines spread 12 ft. 25 seeds per packet.
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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

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

Planting Time The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.

Spring

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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
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
96-144 inches
Height
24-36 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
36 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Gourd, Ornamental Big Gourds Mix is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not germinate What more can I say! Gourd seeds did not germinate. 15 hills.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not have the first big gourd I planted these with the daisy gourds which did very well but I did have any of the big gourds. Very disappointed.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from FUN! These are fun to grow. I overplanted in my garden last year, and the plants were practically on top of each other. As a result, although porportional, the gourds came out miniature. They were SO CUTE!! I got baskets of tiny gourds, that were just adorable. If you plant them properly, I'm sure they will produce full sized gourds. My planting mistake, produced a very interesting result. I found the minis very charming.
Date published: 2009-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from gREAT I love Burpee Seed
Date published: 2006-09-01
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