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Gourd, Large Bottle Birdhouse

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Laegenaria siceraria

Vigorous vines will easily climb a fence or trellis, creating shade. Leaves, flowers, and fruit all create a show-stopping display. Allow gourds to dry out on the vine before picking and using for bottles, birdhouses, etc. Some gourd growers recommend curing gourds for a year or more for the most durability. Need a long season to ripen: 125-140 days.

Directions: Start indoors mid-April in pots or direct seed after last frost. Scarifying seed with sandpaper before planting helps germination. Plant 1" deep and thin to 3' apart.

Seeds grown by Green Phoenix Farm in Salt Lake City, Utah.

15 Seeds

Directions: Start indoors 3 weeks prior to transplanting or direct sow after danger of frost has passed. Harden for 1 week before transplanting. Scarify seeds with sandpaper to aid germination.

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125 - 140