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African Wine Kettle - #548U (OP) 119 days. Plant seed when soil warms to 65°F (no later than June 9). Seed should be planted in moist soil no deeper than 1". Space hills 10' x 20'. For best results start seed indoors 2 weeks before transplanting outdoors. IMPORTANT: For best germination clip the wide flat end of the seed to expose the inner seed. NOTE: Seed may not be true to any specific shape & may produce other large gourd shapes. They get as much as 18" to 20" plus across and as tall as 32"
Bird House/Bottle (Large) - #330T or #330U (OP) HEIRLOOM. 125 days. EXCELLENT birdhouses, water jugs and fun crafts! Smooth, tan, hard shell when mature. Large, 10-12” diameter rounded blossom end with a narrow neck and slightly bulbed stem end reaching 14”H. Vigorous 15-35’ vines spreading 12’. Trellis vines for consistent fruit shape.
Daisy Gourd Mix - #543T or #543U (OP) 95 days. A colorful mix of green, yellow, orange and white with a unique daisy pattern on the stem end of the fruit. Provides a cornucopia of beautiful 3” x 2” gourds in all shapes. High Yielding. Developed by Larry Eckler of Niles, MI. Best planted when the soil has a constant temperature of 60 F. Plant 1” deep, 2’ apart in the row and rows 6’ apart. Best NOT to overpopulate. Fertilize at planting and again at flower set.
Dipper - #333T (OP) HEIRLOOM. 125 days. Smooth tan surface. 12”L neck is slender, usually curved and longer than the 5” diameter bowl. Great for making arts and crafts. Long handles are just right for making water or feed dippers. Very easy to grow in the summer heat.
Galaxy of Stars - #279T (HY) 95 days. An exciting and attractive hybrid gourd mixture, Galaxy of the Stars brings interest to your fall market displays. The mix produces unique star-shaped fruit in varying striped patterns in colors of yellow, cream, orange, green, and white. The mature fruit holds up well to mechanical washing and waxing. Galaxy of Stars gourds are an excellent variety to boost fall sales at roadside or farmer’s markets.
Harvest Wings - #60T or #60U (HY) 95 days. Semi-bush plant producing small, very attractive and decorative multi-colored (green, yellow, white, orange) fruit. Some fruit have deep wings, others are smoother.
Luffa (Sponge) - #411T or #411U (OP) HEIRLOOM. 55-60 days. AKA: Vegetable Sponge or Dishcloth Gourd. Vigorous vines (need trellising) prolifically produce 2-7”L fruits over a long period of time. Heat tolerant. Harvest as baby veggies (2-4”L) for steaming, stir frying or making delectable soups. Only plant known that can be grown and used as a sponge for bathing, washing dishes or scrubbing. Give an environmentally friendly gift of nature!
Small Mixed - #49T or #49U (OP) HEIRLOOM. 80-110 days. Brightly multi-colored, 3-6” gourds. Vines spread 12’. Variety of fanciful shapes and sizes. Eye-catching, popular fall decorations! Novelty item for roadside stands.
Speckled Swan - #203T (OP) HEIRLOOM. 125 days. Natural graceful swan shape with its alluring dark green and white speckles. 6-8” diameter base has a 14-18”L curved neck with the stem end showing a swan-like shape. Ideal for selling at fall markets for painting or decorating after dried.