Single Packet of 100 Seeds
Grow a garden filled with Apple Gourds, from freshly harvested Lagenaria siceraria seeds. Apple Gourds are aptly named because they closely resemble an actual apple. Don't bite into these things though, they will for sure break your teeth once hardened. Gourds are primarily grown and used for Fall décor, and can be painted and decorated as well. Apple Gourds can grow to a mature height of roughly 24 to 30 inches tall and vine outwards, taking up as much as 12 feet of land. Many gardeners choose to grow gourds vertically to save gardening space. This also allows the plants to receive more oxygen and is recommended.
Gourds are annual plants that produce fruits and seeds within a single season. They thrive in the heat of summer and are grown from June into the late Autumn season. Apple gourds are ready for harvesting in about 110 days after first sprouts appear. The fruits will turn from green to brown as they dry out and solidify.
Sowing The Seed
Gourd seeds can be sown directly outdoors when the weather is warm, 110 - 120 days prior to the desired harvest date. Be sure to remove all unwanted plant life prior to sowing your Gourds. The seeds can be planted on 12” hills, in groups of 4 per hill. Sow at a depth of 1” under topsoil. Check below for additional information on spacing and growth habits.
Gourds prefer the heat of Summer, and thrive in areas of full sunlight. Temperatures of 85F or higher are recommended. The soil should be rich in organic matter, but also well drained. A well drained soil prevents your plants from becoming waterlogged and rotting. To improve drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to areas containing hard, compact soil. Water the seeds and plants daily, near the roots to avoid mildew.
Germination & Growth
Gourd seeds will take anywhere between 10 to 20 days to germinate successfully. The plants can reach heights of 24 to 30 inches tall, and can spread a good 6 to 12 feet long. Many gardeners use a trellis, or some type of support to grow Gourds vertically. Growing vertically will save space in your garden, and can also improve the oxygen flow through your plants.
Common Misspellings: Gord, Gorde, Gourde, Gords, Gordes