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|Short Description||This very colorful globe gourd, bright orange with green and cream striping on the cap, is shaped like a small buttercup squash. Grows about 6 inches tall and is edible--great for stuffing and baking. Gourd plants are extremely vigorous, covering a lot of ground--some of our vines even took to the trees. In general, these gourds require a long, warm growing season, ranging from 95 to 120 days to maturity. Gourds are ready for harvest when the stems dry and turn brown. Harvest before a frost. This is a Cucurbita or soft-skinned gourd and can be dried in a two step process, taking 1 to six months depending on the size of the gourd. First you must clean and dry the outside surface, wiping with alcohol will ensure the surface dries completely. Place the clean gourd in a dark, well ventilated area for about a week, turning and checking daily. Discard any fruit showing any signs of decay or soft spots, do not allow other fruit to touch. After about a week, the outer skin of the gourd should be well dried. Internal drying is the second step and takes about a month. Providing warmth will hasten the curing process and discourage decay. Keep in a dark, well ventilated area and wipe away any mold that appears with bleach. As long as the gourd is hard, it should be fine. Check often and turn so that it will dry evenly. When the gourd is light in weight and you can hear seeds rattling inside when shaken it is ready for painting or crafting. 25 seeds.|