Gourd Hard-Shelled Corsican HEIRLOOM Seeds

Gourd Hard-Shelled Corsican HEIRLOOM Seeds

Lagenaria siceraria

Item #1257

Annual. 140 days. 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 3 1/2"–5" deep gourds any color you want. See inside of packet for bowl construction hints. Gourds may be sown at half the recommended spacing if trellised. Attracts pollinators.




Annual

140 days to maturity

Full sun

15'-30' vines

Days to Emerge:
5 - 10

Seed Depth:
1"

Seed Spacing:
2-3 seeds per mound

Mound Spacing:
6' – 8'

Thinning:
When several
leaves,
thin to 1 per mound


When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost, and when soil temperature is at least 70° 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. 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. Some gourd growers leave gourds in the garden during the winter to improve their characteristics for craft projects. 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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