Start growth indoors, transplant to outdoors. Results are large swan shaped fruit with speckles, giving its name. Excellent for crafts and fun to grow, these gourds will delight with their swan-like shape. Typically 8 inches across the base, the neck resembles a swan’s neck curved elegantly downward. Green with creamy speckles, the shell stays glossy and hard when dried. Each weighs about 3 pounds, and stands 12 to 16 inches tall. 120 days. Sowing: In shorter growing seasons, start gourd seeds indoors in peat pots 3-4 weeks before the last frost. To speed germination, soak the seeds overnight. Plant the seedlings outdoors in rich soil and full sun after the last spring frost. For direct sowing, wait until the soil warms to 70 degrees F, then plant 5 seeds per hill, 1″ deep, with 5′ spacing; later, thin to the strongest plant.Harvesting: Late in the summer, the skin of the gourd should feel extremely hard, too hard to pierce with a fingernail. Leaving the gourds on the vine until the stem and leaves of the gourd begin to wither and turn brown is also a good indication of ripeness. Cut off the gourd, leaving about 2″ of stem. Wash it with a solution of soapy water, then let it cure in a dry place for several weeks in order to preserve it for decorative use. Underripe gourds work well for carving, but will start to rot several weeks after picking.
Heirloom Seed Product Features:
Gourd Speckled Swan Garden Seeds USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Germination in 5-10 days indoors / transplant outdoors 130 Frost free days to mature and yield results.
Soak seeds, plant 1 inch deep, firmly pack, space seeds 3-5 ft. Growing: Keep the soil evenly moist. When the vines begin to develop, either provide a trellis or lay down mulch to keep the gourds from contact with the soil; too much soil contact can weaken the shell, distort the shape, and cause rotting.
Seeds are great for Planting in Garden or for storing in a seed safe for emergency.
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