Botanical Name: Cucurbita pepo
Days to Maturity: 90–100 Days
Native: North America
Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
Plant Dimensions: 8'–35' vine
Variety Information: Green striped gourds about the size of a golf ball with an elongated neck (entire length 2"–5"). Gourds change from green striped to tan as they mature.
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost and when soil temperature is at least 70°F., ideally 70°–90°F.
When to Start Inside: 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost, 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.