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Washington, IN
(Zone 6a)

October 21, 2009
2:32 PM

Post #7193307

Could someone tell me if all of the ornamentals can be dried and if so how it is done? I have some I would like to save the seed from and keep some for display.
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

October 28, 2009
4:48 AM

Post #7215880

Hey Flower,

I'm new to gourds but I found a pretty good site that seems to cover most of the basics. Hope this helps.
Washington, IN
(Zone 6a)

October 28, 2009
11:55 AM

Post #7216207

Thanks Lala,
Those kind of gourds I know how to dry and save the seed but it is the little fancy ones that I need to know about. The ones I am talking about are all different sizes and shapes with little knobbies al over them. They are the small and I have bought them for several years and they always go bad before drying and I need to know if they is a way to do this.

That was a good article on drying the regular types of gourds.

Thanks again
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

October 28, 2009
10:17 PM

Post #7218028

These little ornamental gourds are actually squash, some of them will dry and others won't. Nest eggs for example will dry nicely, we always dried them on the vine. Those more closely aligned with summer squash are the easiest to dry, but remember the colors tend to disappear and the shells are pretty fragile unlike the hard shell gourds. Seed saving, is the same as for squash. Make sure the fruit is mature, split it open, remove seeds, clean, dry and store.
Washington, IN
(Zone 6a)

October 29, 2009
2:20 AM

Post #7218855

Thanks for the info. Could you tell me how I could tell the difference in them,as I was always told they were all gourds.
Crossville, TN

November 7, 2009
1:23 AM

Post #7249038

When I lived in FL I had bought some of the "gourds" at a flea market in TN...I thought they would rot, but would look pretty as a fall centerpiece...I just put them in a basket and kept them on the my suprise they dried! As farmerdill says...they do loose their color so after a while i repainted them as close to their original colors as I could...they are soft shelled so some of them have broken up...but I still have some sitting in a basket for fall.


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