Return to the Seed Exchange Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Birdhouse gourd

Posted by chopperthedog 10 (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 9, 08 at 10:49

I have a few birdhouse gourds that grew rather large, and have a few questions:

Should I let them stay on the vine until they dry and turn brown (they are still green)?

Should I let them completely dry before collecting seeds?

What can you do with a gourd (other than a birdhouse, water jug or bowl)?


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Birdhouse gourd

it was always my understanding that they should be allowed to stay on the vine until it died...vine not the gourd then but the gourd in a dry loacation with good air circulation to dry until you shake it and hear the seeds rattle inside.

I have seen gourd that had beautiful designs burned into them and varnished...just for show.


 o
RE: Birdhouse gourd

There's lots of nifty ideas at the link below.

Sue

Here is a link that might be useful: Amishgourds.com


 o
RE: Birdhouse gourd

Thanks for the advice.

That web site gave me an idea. Maybe I can make giant Christmas ornaments out of them.

Thanks for the info.


 o
RE: Birdhouse gourd

This year was my first experience growing gourds and drying them. I had to pick mine right as the gourd vine started to die and I placed them in the basement. I did a search and many sites recommended washing the gourds with a light bleach solution, which I did. I then had surgery and didn't check on the gourds for over a month. The gourds were covered in black moldy spots and the green outer layer of skin was kinda slimy but the very tops were dry. I washed them again with the bleach and left them alone. They fully dried out and the seeds rattle AND the moldy, slimy skin is gone. The only problem is that they have black spots all over them. I plan on painting them next spring so the spots should be covered.

Anyway, just wanted to share my first experience trying to dry gourds...I wonder if I was able to let them ripen on the vine longer or washed them with the bleach more often if they would have gotten moldy.

Kim


 o
RE: Birdhouse gourd

Rule of thumb is to harvest the gourds when the stem has turned brown 3" up the vine. I let mine stay on the vine all winter as it saves me storing them to dry - works great. In April I will harvest, wash the mold off and open a few for the seeds. Let the seeds dry a week or so then put them in a paper bag for storage. There is no limit to what you can do with gourds, a google search for art gourds will give you lots of ideas. Good luck.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Please Note: Only registered members from the U.S. are able to post messages here (this may be indicated by the title of the forum. All exchanges not indicated otherwise are restricted to those living in the U.S.)

If you are a member from an area mentioned above, please log in.


Return to the Seed Exchange Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here