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Varieties of Gourds

How to Grow Ornamental 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 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  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.

Giant Bottle Gourd  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 Gourd  Luffa - This gourd is known as the "sponge gourd". This  useful, cucumber-shaped gourd can be used for bathing, filtering and cleaning.

turks,turban, gourd, squash  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.

Jack B. Little pumpkin  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 to grow  Jack Be Little pumpkins

Baby Boo Pumpkins  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 Snake Gourd - This unique gourd twists and turns into snake-like shapes. Gourds reach 18 to 48 inches long., in multiple colors and shades.

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