Bushel, Dipper and Snake gourds.
I posted this message on the Pumpkin and Gourd Forum but that message board doesn't seem to get much traffic....
I also did a search but couldn't find specific help.
I germinate all my melon, gourd seeds using the paper towel method...with nearly 100% success rate....
....except with these three gourds. Every year I have a tough time with Bushel, and this is the first year I'm trying dippers and snakes.
Here's what I do, as advised by a nurseryman: I soak the seed overnight, then nick the sides. Then put it in the papertowel on a heat mat at 84 degrees F. It has been 3 weeks and the seeds still have not broken dormancy, although they are still very firm.
Does anyone have a suggestion - perhaps GA3 or peroxide or some secret family trick?
They are this year's lot, and I'm trying 6 of each to ensure at least one or two are viable.
The plantsman at Baker Seed said to put them in peat moss....I guess that is their magic trick. (?)