Hard-shelled Gourd 'Bushel Basket'

Lagenaria siceraria

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lagenaria (lag-en-AR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: siceraria (sy-ker-AR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Bushel Basket


Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hereford, Arizona

Brooksville, Florida (2 reports)

Laurel, Mississippi

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Whites Creek, Tennessee

De Kalb, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 29, 2009, nonnasflowers from De Kalb, TX wrote:

This is the first time I've grown the bushel gourd and we(hubby, kids, and granchildren) have enjoyed watching them grow. I planted two hills, 6 seed to each hill and only one plant grew from each hill. I have fourteen large bushel gourds, (the largest weighing 47 lbs.) that are drying good at this time. Some how bird house gourds grew among the bushel gourds, and we have 69 large birdhouse gourds, the largest weighs 22 lbs. We have an above ground storm shelter, and I made two hills on it, digging large holes and filling them with saw dust compost that had been aging about 4 yrs, and with cow manure that had been pulverized and dried for hay meadows. I am looking forward to doing some craft work with the gourds. We have an abundance of martin birds who will enjoy the bird houses we ... read more


On Jul 9, 2009, onalee from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Despite the vine's need for vast amount of space, it's a fascinating plant to grow that adults and kids love. The resulting gourds can be made into baskets, dishes or just paint or stain them for a conversation piece (and bragging rights – who grew the biggest gourd?)!

The vine requires a long hot growing season of 120+ days. Since gourds demand a long growing season, they can be started indoors 4 weeks prior to planting outdoors. I have successfully started gourds in regular pots with soil and transplanted them to the garden although instructions I have seen on the internet say that gourd seeds should be planted in individual containers, such as peat pots, since their roots will not like being disturbed during transplanting. You may want to try some each way to see what wor... read more