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Birdhouse Bottle Gourd Seeds

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Lagenaria siceraria
Birdhouse Bottle Gourd Seeds (125 days)

3 gram pkg

This is the famed gourd that people have been growing for their feathered friends for years!  I remember my grandfather growing them next to the lake where the martins came to live every year.  I would spend hours laying in the grass under grandpa's birdhouse gourds watching the martins come and go.  There was something magical about it.  Occasionally, a warbler would take to nesting to one as well. 

Kids LOVE.... to grow them...to paint them and to watch the birds raise their young every year.  This is a great project for the kids. 

Some of the coolest martin houses I've seen are 30-40 of these amazing gourds hanging together.  Many people paint them different colors and hang them in a sort of art sculpture that is sure to have the neighbors talking.  Not to mention the Purple Martins showing up to make their homes and catch bugs!  Now that is organic pest control! 

Sow only after soil temperature has warmed up.  About the same time you plant corn.  Earlier in pots for transplant if you have a short growing season like we do here on the cool West Coast.  Make sure to give birdhouse gourds plenty of room on the ground or train them up a trellis.  

Excellent how to sheet.



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1/4" 30 70-90 5-13 24-36" 24-36" 200 lb. Full

Cucurbita pepo

Planting Tips for Heirloom Gourds:

Start indoors 4 to 5 weeks before last frost date.  After germinating, the emerging roots of heirloom gourd seeds will grow back down the seed so plant them with the root down and the point of the seed up.  The planting depth should be slightly deeper than the size of the heirloom gourd seed.  Cover the seed completely with soil but do not compact.  Gourds are senstive, especially so with transplanting.

When moving the heirloom gourd seedlings outside, be sure that the last frost has past.  Gourds can be especially troubled by transplanting, which is why some people will wait and direct seed them.  Plants should be hardend off by slowly exposing them to cooler and cooler temperatures before finally transplating them outside.  Be sure to transplant before vines begin to grow.

Seeding Rate for Heirloom Gourds:

10,000-15,000 plants/acre,

Heirloom seeds are hardy, but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.


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