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Corsican Gourd seeds

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Corsican Gourd Seeds

Lagenaria siceraria

140 days from 2nd set of leaves to harvestable fruit.

Germination takes 5-10 days in most cases, but can take as many as 30 days.


Grows round, squat, pale green gourds (3.5-5 x 6-12 inch) on 15-35 foot vines. For more uniformity, tie up to a sturdy trellis. Dries out to a pale tan color.

Classicaly used for crafting decorative jewelry boxes, planters, toys, and all purpose containers. If cured correctly and kept dry after use, the shell will last indefinitely. You can get creative with these! Paint, stain, carve, drill, cut, and generally be creative. Crafting with gourds is very similar to the way you would use other organic materials, such as wood.

This variety of gourd has sightly different growth suggestions than others.

Germination can take from 5-10 days, or sometimes as much as 30 days. To assist with germination, soak seeds in water for 12-24 hours. You can also use scarification methods to shorten germination time.

Sow 2-4 weeks after last frost only after soil temperature has warmed up to at least 60°F, about the same time you plant corn. Can be started indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost, for those areas with shorter growing seasons.

Harvest when there is no more vitality left in the vine. Unlike some other gourds, Corsican can be harvested after a few light frosts, but before a hard frost. Cut free about 3 inches down the stem, to leave a handle.

Curing can take as many as 6 months. Keep in a dry, cool location, check often, and do not allow the gourds to touch. If mold forms, simply wipe it off. If soft moldy spots persist, remove from drying area and dispose of. Curing is finished when the gourd feels lightweight, has a hard plastic like exterior, and seeds rattle on the inside.



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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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