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Ornamental Gourds: to trellis or not?

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Vandalia, IL

May 18, 2009
3:14 AM

Post #6563042

Ive been blessed with 4 --100' rows of bushel and bird house gourds..In the past I trellised my gourds,,,but it was probally only 20'...what is a good thining /space to have them,,and with so many,,what would youall do if it was you?? grow on ground?? put ? under each,,will they rot?? this is my first large quanty... rr the africans are doing well:):):) Dee
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

May 19, 2009
1:23 AM

Post #6567621

Seems to me that bushel gourds would get too heavy to hang from a vine. Those could grow on the ground, and you could have the bird house gourds hanging from the trellis . . . could even make a tunnel out of it.
Vandalia, IL

May 19, 2009
3:26 AM

Post #6568368

would you put wood to separate the dirt from the gourd? Road runner suggested pallets for the african gourds. This may be a big crop,,I am trying to be economical,,but want them not to rot,,excessively. Ive always wanted a tunnel..thank- you for the input Dee
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

May 19, 2009
12:10 PM

Post #6569230

I don't know about pallets . . . for me, anyway! I wouldn't know where to get them! What I did last year to protect my gourds from the wet grass was use a layer of dried grass under the gourd. Still grass, but it was dried out, kinda like straw.
Vandalia, IL

May 20, 2009
2:38 AM

Post #6572657

good,,straw is easy for me to get. thanks for the info! Dee
Crossville, TN

May 27, 2009
3:38 AM

Post #6602848

I like the news that your Africans are doing well!!

I had some sheets of the stuff they put on houses before they put the vinyl siding's sorta thin like Styrofoam (smooth) worked very well under gourds to keep them out of the dirt and gravel.

I think pieces of plywood would work well too...straw should do fine too...just anything to keep the gourds off the ground as they start to mature. Jo
Vandalia, IL

May 30, 2009
3:16 PM

Post #6617725

Im down to 3 plants of AF, really 2 groups,,I was afraid to divde one pot.. weve had such a weird year,,cold for so long,,now 3" of rain in2 days..glad I mounded dirt around them last week. also it seems I have 4 club gourds that made it also..what shape are they? see ya Dee

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