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Thanks, Jo -- I'm moved in now, and after the chiropractor is through with me, I'll be ready to sit in the air conditioning and do gourd art and plan where to put the big A-frame for the gourd garden next year. I'm really excited about that garden. My one remaining gourd in a pot survived very well, and the one gourd on it seems very happy and tells me it intends to get ripe and nice. It's VERY happy now, and has put out one more female flower and dozens of males. I don't think I got the female fertilized; the flower had pretty much wilted by the time I knew it had opened and took a male flower to it. We shall see. In this area, I still have six months for them to ripen.
Thanks again -- I'm all excited about the gourds. I'll send pictures if I do anything at all remarkable.
Hey Y'all, Well please help me out here! I have the most beautiful Apple guourd plants, even with the drought we have been having! The problem is that I see tiny little "Apples" form and they get to about 1 inch and then they just shrivel up and fall off! What is happening here? I know they are getting enough water cause I water every day ! I just dont know what happens to the little "Critters"!
I've never grown apple gourds, so I don't know how they act. Are they getting fertilized? Or does the ovary grow and then shrivel if it doesn't? The only other thing I can think of is some kind of borer. The next one it's happening to, take as much of the vine as you can and do an autopsy -- just split it lengthwise and see if you find a worm in it.
I hope you figure it out. It hurts to get them so far and wind up with compost. I had gorgeous spaghetti squash growing one summer and wound up with 2 edible squashes. :(
See this cute little Booger! I got a nother days worth of growing and then just started to wither away! Ive tried the "Autopsy" and the Vine check, No Critters!
Could I be , over fertilizing? Im using Miracle Grow on them!
You might consider cutting back on the fertilizer. I don't remember what I read about that, but if I can find it I'll pass it on. Is the heat beating them up pretty badly? We're in the same zone, and it's been brutal here.
Oh my gosh yes! We live in an area that has been running between 98 and 100 everyday for two months! My Gourds are in Direct light and are just withered every after noon! They perk right back up before morning but the stress on everything here has been so bad!
Do you think Maybe since these are growing on an old Clothesline that they might do better on the ground running?
I wish I could tell you, but I don't know. Your leaves look healthy, so you should probably keep doing MOST of what you're doing. Maybe, as Jo says, they're just really hard to grow.
It's picking at the back of my brain that there is one standard plant nutrient (either P, N, or K) that you want to stop when they start setting fruit. I may have to find it in a book at home (don't have the net at home) and get back to you, but I'll try to find it asap.
Hey, Jo! (I know you're lurking.) Who is the author of the Gourds in Your Garden book?
Yes, you don't want too much N but being able to "cut back" will depend on what you used in the first place, i.e., compost? 10-10-10-? Osmocote? etc.
I'd wager a guess that since you've had record breaking temperatures what is happening is the pollen is not viable. Many flowers/fruits lose their pollen viability at high temps. Humidity will also come into play as it will make the pollen clump together, thereby inhibiting proper pollination. That being the case you will see the beginnings of "fruit" and then death of the fruit because it has no viable life in it.
As for being on a clothesline, many plants that are growing "in the air" will lose more moisture through transpiration than plants growing on the ground. I think if your plants are perking back up each day, once the temps cool and sun is off of them, then you are strictly dealing with environmental issues, not bugs.
Is that any way to shade the plants during the hottest part of the day? (Shade cloth, sheets? ) Or perhaps giving them a good root watering and mulching them very well to help keep the roots cooler will also help.
Hang in there! Soon the temps will cool and more than just the plants will once again be happy!
Thanks Y'all, Im goingh to go to the hyperlink now and see what I can find out! the Miracle grow is what I use on everything and I've never had a problem before but I do like the Shading Idea ! I'll see about getting some of my old Shear curtains out and see if that will help! I guess its too late to get them off the Ole clothesline trellis!
Jo, I got it on GS's website, along with her book on gourd musical instruments.
Eufaula, before I moved to my house I had the gourds in a pot on the patio. I had to cover it with shadecloth and it did the trick -- but all that was wrong was the leaves were wilting horribly. Of course, the heat on the patio was more intense than it is in the yard. But setting up a little half tent to keep the afternoon sun minimal sure might help. I got mine at HD -- the beige kind. Keep us posted!
Oh Shoot! Would nt you know! We finally get wonderful rain and cooler temps and what happens my Great Dane gets tangled around the Planter at the base of my Apple Gourd and dumps it over! It broke of several runners but the main plant is in tact! Will " pruning" a gourd plant harm it?
Thanks Jo! Right now Ive lost all but vines to the heat! but the plants are vigoris so Im hoping they will produce again! All the shoots I had just shrivelled away! they are sending out tendrils nicely though and attaching to everything in there way! The one thing I can do though, is to take advantage of getting them off the trellis and trying to get them to run on the ground instead to see if this will help!
Oh yeah! Great Dane Deisel is in his run for the duration!