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Bushel Gourd (120 Days)

Native Americans used the vessels created by this gourd when dried, as storage containers. The flattened bowl can grow to 20” across. You will certainly find some interesting uses for this gourd, both decorative and practical. 

25 seeds 



Lagenaria siceraria

Germination: 7-10 Days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-90ºF. Planting in soil under 70ºF may result in poor germination.

Seed Sowing Depth: 1” deep

Sowing Indoors: 3-4 weeks before last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cells/pots, thin to strongest seedling. We like to use individual biodegradable paper, peat,or cowpots because it provides the least amount of stress to the roots when transplanting. Transplant after last frost when soil warms to 70ºF. Space 36-48” apart, in rows 48-60” apart.  

Sowing Outdoors: After last frost when soil reaches at least 70ºF. Sow 2-3 seeds per space/hill, 36-48” apart, in rows 48-60” apart. 

Cucurbita Gourds: Harvest mature gourds before cold weather. Color deepens and skin is hard. Frost or freezing conditions causes injury to skins. Keep in a cool, dark, dry place for curing.

Lagenaria Gourds: Harvest in the fall after a few frosts. Leaves and stems should be brown and dried and skin color faded. Require a long drying period; 3-6 months in a dry area with good ventilation. The gourds should not be touching each other. Check often for soft or rotten ones, discard them and if mold forms, wipe it off. When the seeds rattle inside and feel light they are dried.

Tips: Heavy feeders, requiring high nitrogen. Plant into fertile soil or amend with compost or manure. Heavy water needs, mulch and supply adequate water, at least 1” per week for optimum growth. Vines can grow 15 feet or more. Grow on a trellis for more uniform, straight gourds and for more garden space.

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Felicia H.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Tennessee Spinner Seeds are germinating right on time!

Because of the coronavirus and its related concerns I have allocated more garden space to growing food and decided to grow smaller gourds which I can trellis. I planted the spinners in a leaf bed--kind of a wild spot I thought might be iffy. They are growing great with above 75% germination. I hope to coax the vines upright within a couple of weeks, and send pictures.

Odie R.
United States
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Gourd seed

I am happy with the service and the great selection. I have shared the seed with a friend. I am just now planting them in my garden I will know more in a couple of month's

joseph p.
United States

Gourd seeds

Excellent product, bad wet Penna. weather plus rabbits might make for a crop failure. Full story available in October!

Rick J.
Mill Shoals , IL.

Bushel Gourd

Every seed came up and doing good .

United States

I am waiting on warm

I am waiting on warm weather to plant them .hope to have a good crop this fall.