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Apple, Large (120 days) This variety is shaped like an apple, 4 to 7-1/2 pound fruits (5inches wide x 7 inches tall)
|#657 Packet $3.50, Approximately 30 seeds||
|#B1z-657 Bulk seed 1oz $13.50||
|#B4z-657 Bulk seed 4oz $28.50||
seed 1lb $91.50, Approximately 2500
Baby Bottle (100 days) Small version of the bottle gourd at 2 x 4 inches
|#4810 Packet $4.50, Approximately 20 seeds||
|#B1z-4810 Bulk seed, 1 oz $25.50||
|#B4z-4810 Bulk seed, 4 oz $55.50||
|#B1-4810 Bulk seed, 1 lb $149.50, Approximately 6000 seeds||
Bottle or Bird House (110 days) Used for cups, bottles and bird houses. Slender neck and bulbous base. Dries to a tan color.
|#541 Packet $3.50, Approximately 30 seeds||
|#B1z-541 Bulk seed 1oz $10.50||
|#B4z-541 Bulk seed 4oz $22.50||
|#B1-541 Bulk seed 1lb $57.50, Approximately 2500 seeds||
Bowl (120 days) Dry this variety for decorative bowls or baskets. Round , flattened fruits
|#542 Packet $3.50, Approximately 10 seeds||
Bushel (125 days) 30-50 pound fruits dried for large baskets.
|#687 Packet $3.50, Approximately 15 seeds||
|#B1z-687 Bulk seed 1oz $14.50||
|#B4z-687 Bulk seed 4oz $30.50||
|#B1-687 Bulk seed 1lb $92.50 , Approximately 2500 seeds||
Dinosaur (Cave Man's Club, Maranka) (125 days) A ribbed and wrinkled version of the dipper gourd.
|#543 Packet $3.50, Approximately 30 seeds||
|#B1z-543 Bulk seed 4oz $12.50||
|#B4z-543 Bulk seed 4oz $26.50||
|#B1-543 Bulk seed 1lb $68.50, Approximately 2500 seeds||
Dipper (120 days) Long neck and round blossom end.
|#544 Packet $3.50, Approximately 30 seeds||
|#B1z-544 Bulk seed 1oz $11.50||
|#B4z-544 Bulk seed 4oz $24.50||
|#B1-544 Bulk seed 1lb $63.50 , Approximately 2500 seeds||
Egg (90 days) Small gourd shaped like an egg.
|#545 Packet $4.50, Approximately 20 seeds||
Luffa (Dishcloth) (115-130 days) Fruits are grown and dried to make luffa sponges. To do so, merely soak the dried fruit in water to remove the skin. The interior is the sponge, used for exfoliating the skin and for scrubbing dishes.
|#656 Packet $4.50, Approximately 30 seeds||
|#B1z-656 Bulk seed 1oz $10.50||
|#B4z-656 Bulk seed 4oz $22.50||
|#B1-656 Bulk seed 1lb $57.50 , Approximately 5000 seeds||
Mini Red Turban (120 days) Small green, yellow and red striped turban. Similar to Turk's Turban, but smaller.
|#3588 Packet $3.50, Approximately 30 seeds||
|#B1z-3588 Bulk seed 1 oz $10.60||
|#B4z-3588 Bulk seed 4 oz $30.50||
|#B1-3588 Bulk seed 1 lb $83.50 , Approximately 6000 seeds||
Shenot Crown of Thorns or Ten Commandment Gourd (95 days) Small multi-colored variety with 10 fingers pointing toward the blossom end.
|#547 Packet $3.50, Approximately 30 seeds||
|#B1z-547 Bulk seed 1oz $9.50||
|#B4z-547 Bulk seed 4oz $45.50||
|#B1-547 Bulk seed 1lb $95.50 , Approximately 2500 seeds||
Small Gourd Mix (85-90 days) A mix of the best of the small varieties: warted, smooth and dipper handled.
|#768 Packet $3.50, Approximately 50 seeds||
|#B1z-768 Bulk seed, 1oz $12.50,||
|#B4z-768 Bulk seed 4oz $25.50||
|#B1-768 Bulk seed 1lb $59.50, Approximately 8000 seeds||
Snake (85 Days) These long smooth pale green skinned gourds grow up to 4 feet long and can be eaten like summer squash, or dried for decorating.
|#1002 Packet $3.50, Approximately 10 seeds||
Spoon Mix (85 days) Small colorful spoon shaped gourds.
|#4200 Packet $3.50, Approximately 20 seeds||
|#B1z-4200 Bulk seed, 1oz $20.50,||
|#B4z-4200 Bulk seed, 4oz $45.50,||
|#B1-4200 Bulk seed, 1lb $125.00, , Approximately 7000 seeds||
Turkish Turban or Red Turban (100 days) Actually a buttercup-type squash, but it more often used for decoration than for eating. Red cap and silver button.
|#548 Packet $3.50, Approximately 30 seeds||
|#B1z-548 Bulk seed 4oz $9.50||
|#B4z-548 Bulk seed 4oz $20.50||
|#B1-548 Bulk seed 1lb $52.50 , Approximately 2000 seeds||
Warty Mix (90 days) Very unusual mix with a variety of shapes and sizes, all warted. Special selection blending the best of the warted types.
|#3582 Packet $3.50, Approximately 20 seeds||
|#B1z-3582 Bulk seed 1oz $19.50||
|#B4z-3582 Bulk seed 4oz $45.50||
|#B1-3582 Bulk seed 1lb $120.50, Approximately 3000 seeds||
Autumn Wings Mix (90 days) Blend of small, medium and large winged spoon gourds. Wide array of colors.
|#12360 Packet $3.50, Approximately 20 seeds||
|#B1z-12360 Bulk Seed, 1oz $26.50,||
|#B4z-12360 Bulk Seed, 4oz $70.50,||
|#B1-12360 Bulk Seed, 1lb $195.00, , Approximately 7000 seeds||
The term 'gourd" actually includes several different
plants belonging to different genera inclusing Curcurbita,
Lagenaria, Tricosanthes,Benincases, Luffa,
Cucumis, and Coccinia. Many of these
plants are very ornamental with weird shapes, textures
and colors, and are mostly used as decorations when ripe
or dried, although many of them are edible. Most varieties
are vining plants bearing several fruits on each vine,
but there are bush varieties as well. Gourds can be
grown by allowing the vines to trail on the ground, or by allowing
them to run on a fence or trellis. Many of the stronger
stemmed varietes are suitable for growing on arbors.
Gourds are easily grown from seed planted directly
outdoors or by growing transplants. FOR
TRANSPLANTS: Sow seed in pots or trays, allowing
3-4 square inches of soil per plant 4-5 weeks before the desired
date to plant outdoors. Keep moist at 75-80F. When the
plants have two true sets of leaves, they can be transplanted into
the garden. 4-7 days before transplanting, reduce water,
fertilizer and temperature to harden off the plants.
Transplant into the garden when soil has warmed to 60-70F- gourds
are cold sensitive and need warmth to thrive. Optimum
growing temperatures are between 80-85F. (Row
covers can be used to help hold in heat if transplanted in
cooler temperatures.). Transplant to a location in full sun.
Prepare the area by digging and working in a generous amount of
compost, humus or well rotted manure. Gourds are heavy
feeders and require a rich soil.
Planting depends on variety and growth habit. For bush and
small fruiting types, plant one seedling every 18 inches in rows
24-36 inches apart. For vining or large fruiting types,
plant one seedling every 24-36 inches in rows 24-36 inches.
Take care not to disturb roots when transplanting.
Plant by row method or hill method. ROW METHOD;
Plant in an area in full sun. Prepare the soil by working in
generous amounts of compost, peat moss, humus, leaf mold or well
rotted manure. Sow 1-2 seeds every 9-12 inches in rows 18-36
inches apart. Cover to 1/2 - 1 inch depth. Keep well
watered until germination. Cultivate to keep weeds down.
HILL METHOD : Prepare soil as above. Sow 3-4 seeds every 24inches in rows 24-36 inches apart. Cover to 1/2 - 1 inch depth. Keep well watered until germination. Cultivate to keep weeds down.
HARVEST: Gourd rinds harden as the fruits
mature. For use as decoration, cut the fruits from the vines
when the stems have begun to dry. For a longer period of use
and to preserve the colors, fruits can be coated with a thin layer
of floor wax. For dried gourds (for use as
dippers, bird houses, etc.), harvest the fruits when the vines
have been killed by frost in the fall, then hang the gourds or
store them in a cool dry place for further drying. When
thoroughly dry, they can then be cut or shaped and used as storage
containers, bird houses, etc. Your
imagination is the limit.
PRESERVING: Thin shelled
varieties will turn brown and become lighter as they dry.
Hang the picked fruits for further drying. Thick shelled
varieties take a longer drying period and care should be taken to
keep them in an area that has good air circulation until dry.
SEED SPECS: Average seeds per pound:
varies by type, given above in description
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