Days to Germination:5-15 days
Cucurbita pepo. Ornamental Gourds comprise our Small Fruited Mixture. They require space to ramble and hot, full sunlight. They are heavy feeders: amend the soil as necessary with organic fertilizer, compost and/or well-rotted manure. They may be planted directly outside in rich, well-draining soil and full to partial sunlight after the last frost. Sow 3 to 5 seeds per hill, thinning to the two strongest seedlings. Water regularly and mulch to reduce weeds and retain ground moisture. Feed regularly. Harvest colorful, mature Small Fruited Ornamental Gourds before the first fall frost. Allow them to cure in a warm, dry room for 5 to 7 days. Once cured, they may be shellacked for prolonged decorative use.
Our Pollinators are in Peril