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Speckled Apple Gourd

posted 3 Aug 2015, 08:41 by Dan Nong   [ updated 3 Aug 2015, 08:51 ]
Lagenaria siceraria

This is a popular apple shaped gourd with crafters and makes an excellent roadside stand product. 
Gourds are 7.5 inches high and about 6 inches around. Skin is green speckled with white. Speckled Apple Gourd produces good yields of 7 lb size apple shaped gourds. 

Light :Full sun
Seed Depth :1/2-3/4"  (12-18 cm )
Seed Spacing:Groups of 4-6
Row Spacing :5-6' /150-180 m
Days to Sprout:10-15
Plant Spacing: 3-4' / 90-120 cm
Days to Maturity:10-15 weeks

 Dry and use as decoration, birdhouses, etc. 10-15 days, 70-75ºF. Start early indoors in pots and transplant after last spring frost. Soak seeds in warm water overnight before seeding. Germination rates can be improved by clipping a shallow slice (with toenail clippers) off side of seed near the pointed end. Can also be seeded directly in the field in warm climates after soil temperature is 72ºF.

Sowing: Sow seeds in a sunny location when all danger of frost is past, or indoors 3-4 week before the last frost.
Care: Water regularly and fertilize when lateral runners begin to spread.
Harvest: To eat pick when fruits are small. For gourds allow fruits to ripen on the vine. Pick carefully.