Germ 7-10 days (Cucurbita pepo)
Make an exclusive bouquet out of the daisy inlayed gourds. Shades of greens, oranges, yellows, and whites provide a colorful decorative assortment of cute little gourds ready for a tabletop. 10 seeds
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.