Gourd Hard-Shelled Birdhouse HEIRLOOM Seeds

Gourd Hard-Shelled Birdhouse HEIRLOOM Seeds

Lagenaria siceraria

Item #1256

Annual. Once properly cured, hard-shelled gourds such as Birdhouse can last for decades and can be painted, carved, cut, or drilled as you would do with wood, for hundreds of craft projects. Birdhouse gourd makes a great birdhouse — leave natural color or paint any color you want. See inside of packet for birdhouse construction hints. 15' to 35' vines grow on the ground or up a very sturdy trellis and produce mature gourds in 80 to 140 days.




Annual


Full sun


Days to Emerge:
5 - 10

Seed Depth:
1"

Seed Spacing:
4 seeds
per mound

Mound Spacing:
6' – 8'

Thinning:
When 3" tall, thin to 3 per mound


When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost and when soil temperatures have risen above 60°F.

When to start inside: 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost, recommended for areas with short growing seasons. Sow in pulp pots that can be planted directly in the ground. Gently remove bottom of pot before planting.

Special germination instructions: Soak seed for 12 - 24 hours before sowing.

Harvesting: Hard-shelled gourds should remain in the garden as long as there is any life left in the vines. Most professional growers find that curing gourds where they lay works best. Exposure to the elements, like frost and snow seem to help the curing process. Use a sharp knife or pruners to cut stem leading to gourd - leave 1" - 3" of stem for a handle.

Artist: Donna Clement



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