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Large and colorful, Birdhouse Gourds (Lagenaria siceraria) make whimsical shelters for our feathered friends. Vigorous vines yield 12- to 15-inch, smooth skinned fruits that start out green and turn different colors as they dry. A fun project for kids! (95-110 days)
Note: For best shape, support vines with a trellis so that fruits hang vertically while growing. This will prevent “flat spots” that result from contact with the ground.
Each packet contains approximately 25 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Known as a warm season annual, gourds do best in full sun and require ample amounts of water and soil rich in organic matter. If gardening in a short-season climate, start indoors 3-4 weeks prior to planting. Transplant outdoors when all danger of frost has passed, and soil temperatures have warmed.
Harvest when the stems dry out and turn brown. Use a sharp pruning knife to cut the fruit, and at least 2-3 inches of the stem, from the vine. Discard any fruit that is bruised or rotten.