Thanks, Sue. The Sun Smile is a japanese morning glory that gets only up to 2 feet long - perfect for hanging baskets. I traded for these seeds from a non-subscriber (christmascactus). Traded a corkscrew vine plant for this packet of seeds, so I hope they are as nice as the pictures I've seen on this page: http://www.poporo.ne.jp/~kondoh/asagao/asagao98.htm
Indeed, so far the leaves are variegated, so it looks like they are coming true.
Sue I'll save seed this year and you're guaranteed a packet from me.
It handled it very well. The trouble was keeping the soil moist, as the plants I used (bush morning glories) have huge root systems. It quickly became so rootbound that water would just flow right through when I watered.
So, my solution was to put it on the ground in the garden and lean it against Trish's antique plow. The roots quickly went through the bottom and into the soil, where the plant then thrived.
The gourd stayed in perfect condition until I finally had to pull it up and dispose of it so I could re-do the garden in which it was habitating.
But it was a fantastic experiment and worked very well! I'll do it again next year!
rr: Actually I bought these are part of a gourd mix packet from Pinetree seeds. The send a packet of seeds and you don't know what you're going to get. We got a huge variety of fun gourds and I'd recommend everyone try a variety pack sometime. It's a lot of fun!
Of course, then you can't save seed from the gouds because they cross so readily. I toss out all the seeds from my gourds because of this reason.
HMMMM Live...and learn!! OK Thanks...a variety does sound interesting. I met a man in the paint isle at wal mart today (if he joins DG his name is Freddy). He told me there was going to be a seed exchange this Saturday at the Farmers Market...Maybe they'll be some gourd seeds! Jo
Dave - pulling this thread out of the cobwebs! ^_^ Did you end up doing the gourds as planters again after 2002? If so, how long did they last, and did you treat/coat them with anything first?
I never did do this again, although this has got me thinking all over again. I have a huge trash can full of old gourds that I have saved until I had something to do with them. I believe I'll get some out soon and do this. I even have a few morning glory seedlings on my porch that I can use.
Well , it seems that I am pulling this thread up from the cob webs again. LOL Dave I am so sorry that I missed out on the time that you posted a lot on the threads. You have so many tips for us. I found this because I too, am searching out to see if gourds can be used for planters and if I have to treat them in some way before putting the soil in. I guess not. Thanks for the info.
And, as I did not treat my "frog house" gourds in any way, when I tugged on them this summer when weeding the garden, the bottoms had entirely composted. I guess it's like making it of a light wood -- if you want it to last, you have to treat it somehow.