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Small Fruited Mixture

Cucurbita pepo. Small Fruited Gourds are commonly referred to as Ornamentals, often seen decorating fall fireplace mantels and dining tables and Thanksgiving cornucopias. Closely related to Squash and Pumpkins, Gourds need lots of room to ramble and a hot growing site in full sunlight. They may be started outdoors directly in the garden after all threat of frost has passed. Harvest Ornamentals before the first frost, as soon as they have matured into full color. To cure them, store them in a warm, dry room for five to seven days, then shellac them for prolonged fall decorations. Bee friendly. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 3 years.

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Small Fruited Ornamental Gourds Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1”
Row Spacing:5’
Plant Spacing:5’-6’
Days to Germination:5-15 days
Germination Temperature:65°-75°F

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.

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