Tags: Certified Organic Heirloom Open Pollinated
Latin Name: Lagenaria siceraria
Days to Maturity: 140
Good production of volleyball-sized gourds on vigorous vines that are very resistant to Downy Mildew. Other gourds we grew in 2013 were completely killed by Downy Mildew but these were barely affected. It also grew and produced well in 2014. These are covered with warts like an Osage Orange fruit; when dried and washed they turn an attractive chestnut brown. The shell is exceptionally thick and is good for making sturdy wooden-like bowls. We used a band saw to cut them in half, but you can also use a hand saw. The contrast of the smooth inside and the warty outside is striking. They also make nice vases and containers. Takes a long time to cure – most aren’t ready till January or February. Original seedstock came from Seed Savers Exchange. 110 seeds/oz. Grown by Twin Oaks Seed Farm.
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What are the best indicators for readiness for harvest? Should they be harvested green or brown?
Don't hurry to pick them from the vines. Leave them in the field until frost kills the vines. They can continue to cure there until the temperature gets below 20 degrees or so (at which point they can sometimes crack if they freeze, and the seeds can get damaged). Even if left outside through the winter, most gourds usually come through undamaged. I start to process gourds in December. When you can shake the gourd and hear sloshing or rattling it is ready to process.
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Do these need to be harvested before the first frost? When are they ready to be harvested?
No, you can leave them in the field till after first frost. I generally bring them in before it gets really cold (below 20 degrees or so), or you risk cracking the gourds and damage to the seeds (if you're saving seeds).
Edmund for CWSG
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United States (Zone 7a)
Established in 2014
8.00 acres in production