Apple Gourd - Packet

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Fantastic for crafting and fun to work with, Apple gourds are, you guessed it, gourds that look like apples! These very symmetrical and pleasingly plump gourds are mottled green when fresh, but become a delicious caramel color when dried. Vines are easy to grow and will produce 20 or more gourds each. 95-120 days.
Plant Information
Also known as Big Apple or Speckled Apple, this old gourd is the size of a large grapefruit and shaped exactly like an apple. The vigorous vines that produce them are very easy to grow, can be as long as 20 feet, and are best managed with trellising, fencing, or some other sturdy structure. This allows the growing gourds to hang versus lying on the ground, preventing a flat side and ensuring their roundness and symmetry. Mature Apple gourds are about 7 inches in diameter (much larger than an actual apple!) and should be harvested late in the fall when the leaves die. Just be sure you pick them before any heavy frosts arrive. Mottled green when fresh and caramel in color when dried, Apple gourds can take up to 6 months to dry completely, when they'll feel much lighter and you'll hear the seeds rattling inside.
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Botanical Name
Lagenaria siceraria
How To Grow
Planting Depth
1 inch
Seed Spacing
3-4 feet
Row Spacing
8-12 feet
Space After Thinning
6-8 feet
Days To Germinate
7-10 days
Days To Maturity
Seed Life Cycle
Additional Information
Introduced in 1888
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