Days to Germination:5-15 days
Hardshell or Lagenaria siceraria. It requires space to ramble and hot, full sunlight. Start in indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date and transplant out. Soak seed for 24 hours and sow 2 to 3 seeds per individual pot. Provide good ventilation, strong light and even moisture. Thin each pot to the strongest plant. After all danger of frost has passed, harden them off by gradually acclimating them to the outdoors over 7 to 10 days. They are heavy feeders: amend the soil as necessary with organic fertilizer, compost and/or well-rotted manure. Transplant out in hills in rich, well-draining soil and full sunlight. Water regularly and mulch to deter weeds and retain ground moisture. Feed regularly. Frost tolerant, harvest once the vines have totally died back. Cure outdoors on pallets or on screens until the gourds are light and the seeds rattle inside their shells.
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