Heirloom Organic Autumn Wings Gourd Seeds (7)
Hard to describe, it looks kind of like a tropical fish. The gourds are divided by 5 or 6 double fins or wings. Some are straight necked and others curved. The colors range from creams and yellows to whites and greens. Most are about 6-8” long.
Watch these gourds take flight with this unique winged mixture! Each fruit offers a winged bulb, an elongated neck, and rich, festive fall color. This formulated mix of warted and nonwarted types includes approximately 50% medium size winged gourds, plus 25% each small winged and large winged gourds. All fruit sizes have bulbs approximately 2-1"/2 to 3" in diameter, while neck length is 4-5" for small gourds, 6" for medium gourds, and 12" for large gourds. Note: Plant this mix early so that the fruit can fully mature before harvest.
A broad array of winged and warted gourds.
This ornamental gourd mix is a delightful assortment of deeply winged, warted pears and other shapes. The colors are vibrant and draw attention wherever they are displayed. Avg. 8-11 fruits/plant.
Germination: 7-10 Days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-90ºF. Planting in soil under 70ºF may result in poor germination.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1” deep
Sowing Indoors: 3-4 weeks before last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cells/pots, thin to strongest seedling. We like to use individual biodegradable paper, peat,or cowpots because it provides the least amount of stress to the roots when transplanting. Transplant after last frost when soil warms to 70ºF. Space 36-48” apart, in rows 48-60” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: After last frost when soil reaches at least 70ºF. Sow 2-3 seeds per space/hill, 36-48” apart, in rows 48-60” apart.
Cucurbita Gourds: Harvest mature gourds before cold weather. Color deepens and skin is hard. Frost or freezing conditions causes injury to skins. Keep in a cool, dark, dry place for curing.
Lagenaria Gourds: Harvest in the fall after a few frosts. Leaves and stems should be brown and dried and skin color faded. Require a long drying period; 3-6 months in a dry area with good ventilation. The gourds should not be touching each other. Check often for soft or rotten ones, discard them and if mold forms, wipe it off. When the seeds rattle inside and feel light they are dried.
Tips: Heavy feeders, requiring high nitrogen. Plant into fertile soil or amend with compost or manure. Heavy water needs, mulch and supply adequate water, at least 1” per week for optimum growth. Vines can grow 15 feet or more. Grow on a trellis for more uniform, straight gourds and for more garden space.