Gourds have played a role in the daily life of many cultures as bottles, bowls, ladles, churns and musical instruments. They are thought to be one of the earliest cultivated species. Always grown for their utility value and not as a vegetable, gourds have been used for tools, containers, floats and utensils. Originating in Africa, they have been documented in South America at about 9000 BC.
In addition to the above uses, gourds are currently used extensively as an art form media. Read our article "Gourds Today" to get some ideas!
Approx 15-30 seeds per pack.
Outdoor Sowing Recommended
Space hills 4 - 6 ' apart for bush varieties and 8 -10' apart for large vining varieties.
When night temperatures stay above 55F, sow 6 seeds per hill, 1" deep. When seedlings are 6" tall, thin to the 2 or 3 strongest. Clip vines instead of pulling to avoid disturbing roots. Water slowly and deeply during dry weather.
Leave on vine until rinds are hard, then harvest. Store throughout winter in a dry place at 55 - 60* F.