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Tennessee Spinning Gourd


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Cucurbita pepo

Tennessee Spinning Gourd (90-100 days)


1 gram seed packet ~25-30 seeds

Remember spinning tops? 

Well this heirloom gourd was grown for just this purpose. 

Children would grow, dry and paint these gourds in fantastic colors to watch them spin. 

These tiny little 2-5" gourds also make craft and jewelry projects as well. 

Great project to get your children involved in the garden.

Harvest and let them completly dry before painting. 




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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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