Birdhouse Hard-Shelled Gourd Seeds

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#1256
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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 of course makes a great birdhouse—leave natural or paint any color you want. Grow 10'–16' vines on the ground or up a very sturdy trellis to produce mature gourds in 80 to 140 days. Also attracts hummingbirds!
$2.99 2.5 grams

Botanical Name: Lagenaria siceraria

Days to Maturity: 95–110 Days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Native: Zimbabwe

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 10'–16' vines

Variety Information: Light green gourds have a 10"–12" diameter, round base with narrower neck. Turns tan when dried.

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F, ideally 70°F.

When to Start Inside: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, recommended for areas with short growing seasons. Sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly in the ground.

Days to Emerge: 5 – 10 days

Seed Depth: 1"

Seed Spacing: 4 seeds per mound

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

Harvesting: Hard-shelled gourds should remain in the garden as long as there is any life left in the vines. Some gourd growers leave gourds in the garden during the winter, which adds to their characteristics for craft projects. Use a sharp knife or pruners to cut stem leading to gourd, leaving 1"– 3" of stem for a handle.

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Birdhouse Hard-Shelled Gourd Seeds Reviews

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Sadly these seeds speed directly in ground along fence did not come up for me. I was disappointed and think perhaps it was just not a good spot? Would be interested to know if others had success or not. Will try again next year!
Renee
Owner Response: Comment: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are sorry you didn't get to enjoy the wonderful gourds. Gourds need very warm soil (which lags behind air temperature in the spring) of at least 60 degrees F, ideally 70 degrees F and because seeds have such a hard seed coat they should be nicked (scarified) to allow water to enter the seed. We will be in touch with some more germination tips shortly.

Good harvest
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Grew 2 of these in the community garden, with other gourds from Botanical Interest, on an 8 foot trellis. . I got 3 huge picture perfect birdhouse gourds and 3 smaller ones but can still make good crafts. If you don't trellis it will cover your whole yard.
Derek

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