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
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Planting: Soak seeds in warm water for 12-24 hours prior to planting to aid in germination. Plant seeds 1 inch deep along a fence or in rows spaced at least 5 feet apart per hill. Thin plants to stand 3 feet apart.
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: provide trellis, fence line, or other vertical structure.
Germination: 5 – 15 days
Days to Maturity: 65 – 70 for edible fruit and 90 – 100 days dried sponge
Preferences: Plenty of water, full sun, well-draining soil