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ORNAMENTAL GOURDS -SMALL

ORNAMENTAL GOURDS -SMALL

SEED

$3.85
$3.85

Product Description:

Cucurbita pepo 100 days. The ultimate combinations of colorful, fantastically textured and shaped gourds make phenomenal Halloween or fall harvest displays and decorations. With this wide variety, you’ll have head-turning conversation pieces that are vibrantly hued and long lasting. 4-6 inch gourds. Approximately 20 seeds per gram.
Soil Temp for Germ 65–85°F
Seed Depth 1"
Days to Emergence 5–10
Soil Temp for Transp 60°F
Plant Spacing 3–4'
Row Spacing 4–6'
Fertilizer Needs High
Minimum Germination 75%
Seeds per Gram Listed per variety
Seed Life 3 years

Lagenaria siceraria and cucurbita pepo True gourds belong to the genus Lagenaria, and the species siceraria. The different varieties of L. siceraria do not cross with any other cucurbitaceae. All gourds are vining varieties and can grow to 15 feet. They are often tiered along a trellis or fence to save space. Most are grown for their mature shell and unique shapes.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

Culture
• Requires uniform irrigation totaling 15-20 inches of water during the growing season
• Bee attractant flowers or beehives will help yields — misshapen or non-developing fruit is often the result of poor pollination

Direct Sowing
• Plant after frost danger when soil warms to 65°F
• Work in shovelful of compost and 1/2 cup TSC's Complete fertilizer into hill
• Keep soil evenly moist but not wet as too much moisture causes seed to rot
• Bush varieties: sow 3-4 feet apart
• Vining varieties: sow 4-5 feet apart

Transplanting
• Start indoors 3-4 weeks prior to anticipated transplant date in 4 inch pots
• Work in shovelful of compost and 1/2 cup TSC's Complete fertilizer into hill
• Transplant carefully as to not disturb roots

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Cucumber beetles and squash bugs
• Insect control: Pyrethrin
• Common diseases: Various wilts, leaf spots mildews, and various viral diseases
• Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation, and fungicide applications

Harvest & Storage
• Leave on vine until fully mature, rinds should be firm
• Can tolerate a light frost, but must be protected from a hard frost
• Dry gourds: Wash gently in a solution of 10 parts water and 1 part bleach, carefully removing all dirt, then store in a warm, dry location

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