Need help with the basics

Hammond, LA(Zone 8b)

I have 3 gourd plants growing in a large container. They are healthy, strong plants, but have not made "babies" yet. They are flowering like crazy, 1-2 a day, but no gourds. I have tried to cross pollinate but have had no sucess. Any suggestions? They are currently about 3' tall.

Also, how high of a trellis do I need for snake gourds and "fancy gourds" (small ornamentals)? I have them both growing in large clay pots with 7+ hours of western exposure. I water and fertilize them often, so they are not lacking for nutrients.

Thanks! Jennifer

Whitsett, NC(Zone 8a)

Jennifer - If you have not cut the vines at any point, the flowers you see may be all male - which would explain why you are not getting gourds. I believe the recommended cut point should be at about 6'. That encourages the side branches which produce the female flowers.

Hammond, LA(Zone 8b)

Thanks : )

Lumberton, TX(Zone 8b)

I agree. If the flowers look basically the same, they're all males. You can easily tell the difference between a male and a female -- HE is shaped like a cup, and SHE is shaped like a teeny tiny gourd. Once you see a female, you'll be as much of an expert as any of us! Keep us posted.

Crossville, TN

My Swan Gourd is still very small...and all male blooms...

We have a shortage of bees in my area....so if I ever get a female bloom I may have to help Mother Nature a little. Jo

Whitsett, NC(Zone 8a)

The majority of my short handle dipper vines are still small. The vines that had the baby gourd or two hasn't grown much, either. However, the swan, kettle, and apple vines are starting to look nice and green, and some are growing! It may be time to fertilize again . . .

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