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Product Number: 168

LONG HANDLED DIPPER GOURD (110 days)

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Germ 7-10 days (Lagenaria siceraria)
Long, skinny, curving neck with a round bulbous end: can be cut and used as a ladle or dipper when dried. Grow on a trellis for straighter, longer handles, or try bending them into a knot when fruit is young!  25 seeds

Gourd plants are extremely vigorous and 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 Lagenaria or hard-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 can take one to six months, depending on the size of the fruit. 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, waxing, or shellacking. 25 seeds.

 

PLANTING:

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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LH
05/31/2018
Linda Hubbard
Sw Texas

Awesome plant

After a cooler than normal spring( for us) finally put my seeds in after soaking. First time I was ever told to soak seeds. Plants are going great. At least 20 feet long entangled in a trellis. Have had very abnormal hot weather for this time of year, plants look droopy in afternoon heat but bounce back by early evening. Allready have minature coming in and its only been 30 days since planting. Great plant.

MO
05/26/2018
Michael O.
United States

Dipper gourds

Plants are doing very well every seed sprouted.

BM
05/19/2018
barbara M.
United States

Long handled dipper gourd

I had trouble with germination but finally after nicking the seeds and putting them on a heating mat things were fine and the seedlings look good.

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