Corsican Gourd Hard-Shelled Seeds


2.8 out of 5 stars
(5 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Once cured, hard-shelled gourds, such as Corsican, will last indefinitely and can be painted, carved, cut, or drilled as you would do with wood for dozens of craft projects. Carve them, leave the natural color, or paint these 6"–10" round and 3½"–5" deep gourds any color you want. Gourds may be sown 24" apart if trellised.
$2.99 2.5 grams (~11 seeds)

Botanical Name: Lagenaria siceraria

Days to Maturity: 140 days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Native: Zimbabwe

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 15'–30' vines

Variety Information: Corsican is a lagenaria type gourd. Mature green gourds are 6"–10" in diameter, and 3 ½"–5" deep; the shape resembles a wheel of cheese.

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: 2–3 seeds per mound

Thinning: When several leaves, thin to 1 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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Corsican Gourd Hard-Shelled Seeds Reviews

5 reviews

Corsican Gourd

3 out of 5 stars Jun 7, 2021
Sprouted but got eaten by an evil squirrel
Mona from CA

Poor germination

1 out of 5 stars Jun 24, 2021
I annually grow all the gourds BI has to offer and this year was no different. However, out of two packets of seeds for the Corsican Gourd, I had about 30-40% germination. Germination for all the other gourds were at about 80-90%. Disappointed
Alexandra from OR
Owner Response: Hi Alexandra, Thank you for taking the time to review our seed. We regret to hear you experienced poor germination with this variety. Quality is important to us! A customer service representative will contact you with assistance.

None of these germinated

1 out of 5 stars Mar 17, 2022
Really disappointed in these seeds. None of these germinated, and I tried a few different proccesses.
Chelsea from CO
Owner Response: Hi Chelsea, We are sorry you had difficulty with these seeds. A customer service agent will contact you by email to help. Gourd seeds are adapted to have very hard seed coats. Breaking this hard seed coat so water can enter is required. Filing the outside with a file or sandpaper, nicking it with a nail clipper, or soaking seeds. If soak seeds remain floating using one of the other methods can help better break the seed coat to let water in. Rest assured we test our seeds regularly to ensure germination rates meet federal and our own standards. We are always happy to help troubleshoot issues; just shoot us an email or give us a call. We hope these tips help. Happy gardening!

Sprouted in 2 days

5 out of 5 stars May 8, 2022
My Mom put these seeds straight from the pack into a little incubator with regular potting soil, a small grow light, and a heating pad underneath. Sprouted in 2 days! Excited to see how they turn out!
Casey from MI

Seedling success

4 out of 5 stars Jun 13, 2022
All 6 seeds sprouted, direct sow and in seed staring pods. Vine planted outside 5/1 now 8 ft , setting fruit (have 6) . Used fox farm soil and 15gal grow bags.
De from CA
Owner Response: I'm glad you're seeing success with these seedlings!

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