Varieties of Gourds
Gourds are a fun vegetable to grow. They are a member of the Cucurbita family,
which includes pumpkins and squash. In addition, they are easy to grow. Gourds
come in all kinds of shapes, colors and "designs" The fun is in getting a
variety of gourds to mix and match in the fall, to create an eye-appealing
display, and to make a wide variety craft projects. When doing craft projects
with gourds, make sure to get the kids involved in the fun!
Cross pollination over time has created a wealth of varieties of gourds.
Cross pollination aids in creating different colors and shapes of gourds.
The cucurbita family is notorious for cross-pollination.
Popular Varieties of Gourds:
Birdhouse Gourd - Perhaps
the most popular gourd variety. This ornamental gourd is dried and
decorated. Then, hung up as a bird house.
Ornamental Gourds - This
is not a single variety. Rather, it is a collection (or mix) of a variety
of highly decorative gourds. They are most popular in fall and Thanksgiving
decorating projects. Grow them on a fence or trellis to keep the gourds off
the ground. When you harvest them make sure to leave the stem on them.
Bottle Gourd - This gourd
was given it's name, as it is bottle shaped. Among them, the Giant Bottle
Gourd is the largest and most popular.
Luffa - This gourd is
known as the "sponge gourd". This useful, cucumber-shaped gourd can
be used for bathing, filtering and cleaning.
Turban - Pumpkin
growers call it a pumpkin. Squash growers consider it a squash. But, you're
a gourd grower. So, you may consider it a decorative or ornamental gourd.
Miniature Jack Be Little
Pumpkin - It's actually a gourd. This miniature pumpkin fits in the palm
of your hand. Easy to grow. It is perfect for fall decorating. More on how
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Mini Boo Pumpkins. Like
it's cousin, Jack Be Little, Baby boo is a small gourd that fits in your
hand. It is often called a miniature pumpkin, because of its shape.
Snake Gourd - This unique gourd twists
and turns into snake-like shapes. Gourds reach 18 to 48 inches long., in
multiple colors and shades.
Learn How to Grow Gourds
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This site has lots of growing info.
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