125 days — 'Birdhouse' gourds, also known as 'Bottleneck' gourds, are vining type plants and are grown like winter squash. Allowed to grow all season long, the vines yield large, bottle-shaped fruit that can be dried and used as decorations or birdhouses.
Since the take a long time to mature, in areas with shorter growing seasons, plant as early as possible, or start indoors in peat pots. Each packet contains three grams, which is approximately 18 seeds.
Planting Instructions: Choose a location that has warm, well-drained and fertile soil. Work in plenty of organic matter and mulch to conserve moisture, as gourds are heavy water consumers.
Sow directly in garden after threat of frost has passed. Seed will not germinate if soil is too cold. Sow one inch deep in hills or rows spaced 24 to 30 inches apart.
These plants are grown like winter squash and require a lot of space and a long season for the fruits to reach full size.
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