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Ornamental Gourds: Falling in love with gourds.

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Polyacre
Rapid City, SD
(Zone 4b)

May 8, 2008
2:31 PM

Post #4923614

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..

Please Help...
Poly
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 8, 2008
3:48 PM

Post #4924035

I wish I had these, but I don't. I have some I purchased, but I have not had luck with them, so I won't share. I suspect you're going to find some, though! Good luck.
Polyacre
Rapid City, SD
(Zone 4b)

May 8, 2008
3:55 PM

Post #4924059

brigidlily,

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 !!
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

May 8, 2008
4:01 PM

Post #4924077

Polyacre - seems to me I got my swan gourd seeds from Wuvie . . . it couldn't hurt to see if she has any available for trade.
Polyacre
Rapid City, SD
(Zone 4b)

May 8, 2008
4:10 PM

Post #4924104

Thanks Syrumani, I will ask her.
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

May 8, 2008
5:46 PM

Post #4924490

I got some from www.jlhusdonseeds.net several years ago and had a good germination rate.

katiebear
Polyacre
Rapid City, SD
(Zone 4b)

May 8, 2008
6:37 PM

Post #4924703

katiebear, that link doesnt work..
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

May 8, 2008
7:00 PM

Post #4924785

Polyacre, try http://www.jlhudsonseeds.com. Also, http://www.wuvie.net/gourdseeds.htm and http://www.northerndipper.com/seeds.php.
Polyacre
Rapid City, SD
(Zone 4b)

May 8, 2008
7:16 PM

Post #4924837

Thank you... going to go there now and see what I can order..

^_^
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

May 8, 2008
9:52 PM

Post #4925376

Don't know why the link doesn't work but if you google jlhudsonseeds you'll get there.

kb
catlady
Gilmer, TX

May 9, 2008
11:18 AM

Post #4927720

Poly, You might also check to see if there is a North Dakota Gourd Society, if not check the American Gourd Society web page.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

May 12, 2008
1:21 PM

Post #4940159

I think I have some more Swan Gourd Seeds...I will check and see...and I have plenty of the short handle dipper and Apple gourds...I will be glad to send some if I do. Jo...
Polyacre
Rapid City, SD
(Zone 4b)

May 12, 2008
2:02 PM

Post #4940349

Jo... Wow !! That would be just wonderful !!! Here is a picture of my first project. Just the beginning of a fun new art for me..

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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

May 12, 2008
5:46 PM

Post #4941240

It will be the first of the week before I send them out...I'm up to my ears this week in "busy"...Dmail me your mailing address. Thanks/...Jo
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 13, 2008
8:47 PM

Post #4946472

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!
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2008
10:18 PM

Post #4946860

Well said, Bridg...Love me, love my gourds...

I just came from my "gourd meeting"...none of us did much work...but one of the gals did show us how to do some "one stroke" painting. Jo
Polyacre
Rapid City, SD
(Zone 4b)

May 14, 2008
4:04 PM

Post #4950175

LOL..."love me, love my gourds" that is just too funny !! My hubby has no idea "yet" what is about to take over a portion of the garden...

"Surprise" !!!

One stroke painting is fun, and the gourds are a great medium to do that on... Have fun !
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

May 14, 2008
5:09 PM

Post #4950464

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.

katiebear
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

May 14, 2008
10:38 PM

Post #4951693

One of my Gourd friends told me yesterday that she soaks her seeds over night in hot tea...well...It's hot when she starts them in the tea. LOL Jo
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

May 14, 2008
11:58 PM

Post #4951982

One time I soaked my seeds then left them in a strainer to dry overnight. The mice found and ate them. All of them!!

I think they like a warm start so a heating pad under them might help.

kb
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2008
12:46 AM

Post #4952214

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
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

May 15, 2008
1:09 AM

Post #4952320

A squirrely mouse.

kb
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 15, 2008
3:20 PM

Post #4954935

I remember that gourd, Jo. How funny the mouse decided to use it for storage! Just like our ancestors.

Oh, dear, I feel an "animals taking over civilization" story coming on...

Y'all bear in mind, too, that little "vacation" gourds take -- they're coming along fine, and then NO growth for what seems like forever, and then they take off.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

May 19, 2008
7:42 PM

Post #4974668

Poly...Your seeds will go out tomorrow...got them ready to mail...the last of my Swan Gourd Seeds, some Apple Gourd, Short Handle Dipper and I threw in some Canteen Gourd Seeds. Jo
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

August 9, 2008
11:03 AM

Post #5389690

Poly...did you plant any of the gourd seeds this year? Jo
Polyacre
Rapid City, SD
(Zone 4b)

August 9, 2008
1:39 PM

Post #5390105

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 ?
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

August 9, 2008
3:33 PM

Post #5390513

Yes...the seeds should be good for years.

Weren't you one that sent my friend's Mother a Birthday Card for her 109th BD? The dear lady passed away about 2 weeks after her BD. Jo
Polyacre
Rapid City, SD
(Zone 4b)

August 9, 2008
7:00 PM

Post #5391250

Oh, yes I did!! So So sorry to hear that.


To live so long of a life, what a beautiful gift!!

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