Every seed came up, they're about 3' tall with a sturdy stem. Waiting until mid March to put out in the southern (Ga) garden. Will be licking my lips watching them flower and fruit. I like these as an addition to a traditional red tomato salad.
I had 40 mph winds my greenhouse fell over and was so surprised the seeds survived two days in the cold under soil and are still growing. The roots were in tact so i transplanted them, they are doing just fine. 10 stars
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Corsican Gourd seeds
Corsican Gourd Seeds
140 days from the 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.
Classically 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 slightly 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 the 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 the 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 touches of frost, 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.