Hard-shelled Gourd, Calabash 'Short Handled Dipper'

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: Short Handled Dipper

Category:

Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Succulent

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Hereford, Arizona

Menifee, California

Brooksville, Florida

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Norman, Oklahoma

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Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
0
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Oct 11, 2004, onalee from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Gourds are easy and fast growing vines that can climb a fence or be allowed to run along the ground. There are many different varieties of gourds and their uses are as varied as the varieties. Dipper gourds were originally used as water dippers for drinking water from a bucket. They can also be left whole and used as native american 'rattles' - once dried the seeds inside make a noise like a rattle when shaken. Gourds like ground rich in nitrogen and do best when planted on 'new' ground or ground that has had the nitrogen returned to it by the planting of legumes. Gourds take about 100 days to mature.

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