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BUSHEL GOURD (120 days)

(Lagenaria siceraria)
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. 

Gourd plants are extremely vigorous and require a long, warm growing season, ranging from 95 to 120 days to maturity. You'll get comments on this one. 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 

PLANTING:

Germ 7-10 Days

Indoors- Individual biodegradable peat/cowpots 1” deep, 3-4 weeks before last frost with soil temperature at 70 degrees. Transplant after last frost without disturbing the roots.

Outdoors- Plant 1” deep, after last frost, when soil warms to 70 degrees. Plant 2-3 seeds every 18-36” apart, with the large varieties the furthest apart.

Harvest- When the skin is hardening and the stem is shriveled, brown, and dried. Cut the stem off closest to the vine.

Cucurbita Gourds- Harvest mature gourds before cold weather. Frost or freezing conditions causes’ injury to skins. Keep in a cool, dark, dry place for curing.

Lagenaria Gourds- Harvest in the fall after light frosts, when leaves die but before heavy frost arrives. Require a long drying period; 3-6 months with good ventilation and 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- 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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    04/27/2019
    Odie R.
    United States
    I recommend this product

    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

    JP
    07/06/2018
    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!

    RJ
    06/28/2018
    Rick J Titzer
    Mill Shoals , IL.

    Bushel Gourd

    Every seed came up and doing good .

    MR
    01/26/2018
    MARSHALL R.
    United States

    I am waiting on warm

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