Gourd – Baby Bottle Seeds

$2.50

Gourd – Baby Bottle Seeds

Beautiful vining plant that produces 3-4” bottle-shaped gourds. A great decoration for any garden while growing and perfect fall craft project once harvested. After drying on the vine, these gourds can be gutted and painted for a tiny cup or treasure holder or left intact and used as a fun rattling musical instrument. Prior to crafting, gather them on your dining room table for a unique fall arrangement!

Approximate number of seeds per pack: 25

When to Plant in Spring:

  • Earliest Planting Date: 2 weeks after Average Last Frost
  • Latest Planting Date: 5 weeks after Average Last Frost
  • Length of Planting Window: 3 weeks
  • To find your Average First or Last Frost, click here and type in your zip code.

Planting: Plant seeds 1 inch deep along a fence or in rows spaced at least 5 feet apart. Thin plants to stand 3 feet apart. Plant 6 seeds per hill and thin down the the strongest 2 when seedlings reach 6 inches tall.

Care: Train vines by guiding them so they will climb the way you want them to.

Harvest: Leave on vine until rind is hard and gourds are yellowish brown in color. They will be green when still young.

Special Instructions/Tips: Sow seeds in hills near a trellis, fence line, or other vertical structure.

Germination: 7 – 14 days

Days to Maturity: 100

Preferences: Plenty of water, full sun, well-draining soil

• Bottle gourds are believed to have originated in Africa, but there are remains in Peru dating to 10,000 B.C. Remains have also been found in Egypt, India, New Zealand, Mexico, Indonesia, China, and Florida.

• One theory as to why gourds have been found mysteriously in so many countries is that when some of the adventurous gourds were being transported via boat, they fell off into the ocean and floated to the nearest shore.

• The bottle gourd belongs to the squash family.

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