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Ok everyone !! I planted my first crop of birdhouse gourds last year, left them to dry over the winter and I just finished (what a chore) cleaning,cutting the bird hole. Soon the fun starts in decorating it... !!
I am so hooked!! I love the way they have turned out allready and can think of many way to paint and decorate them.
What I would really like is some of those swan gourd seeds.. Can't find any here is SD. Would any of you have a couple you could seed to a sprouting gourder such as myself !!?? Or maybe point me in a good direction to purchase some. Not planting season here yet, hope to get things in the ground by 3rd week in May..
Why have you not had any luck growing them? Are they hard to grow? You are in zone 8 and with me in zone 4 maybe I can't grow them here either... !! I really like the look of those super long neck ones..and that dipper is so way cool looking... Gosh what's a girl to do !!
I just think the seeds I bought were maybe old. Sigh. I should have learned by now to rely on my gourd forum friends rather than buying seeds!
Right now I don't have any kind of arbor for the long handled dippers, but maybe next spring. I have so many gourds in the garage right now, if I were married I'm sure he'd want a divorce. HA! Like I'd choose a man over my gourds!
You can get good gourd seeds from Suzanne Ashworth in Scremento. She is careful to have them come true from her seeds. (She literally wrote the book on saving seeds. She is the author of "Seed to Seed.")
To increase success with germination there are severeal things you can do. Soak the seeds in a low peroxide solution (1/2 tsp. to a pint of water) for twenty minutes. This will kill off any pathogens. A soak in EM pulus water for a few hours will create a probiotic situation.
With gourds, you can take nail clippers and clip the "ears" of each seed (careful, just take the shell) to make it easier for the plant to emerge.
My experience is that gourd seeds are often slow to germinate so don't toss them prematurely.
I have a small Bottle gourd posted some where on here that I had painted the bottom as a Jack-O-Lantern...and the top was a ghost sitting over it...a mouse ate the top off the ghost ...ate the seeds...and started storing pieces of dog food in it. Saving for a Rainy Day?? Jo
I did, didnt plant all of them tho. And the ones I did are maybe just about 5-6 ft long now. I didnt get the seeds in early enough I think, but will see. Will the seeds still be good next year for planting ?