One of the best traditions to pass forward is growing gourds, especially the Birdhouse Gourd. Homemade birdhouses fashioned from gourds have been attracting Purple Martins for centuries. Be inspired to plant seeds and then craft a decorative and useful item. Allow the gourds to dry on the vine, give it a shake to see if the seeds rattle before carving.
Pretty and functional, gourds have been used for centuries as containers, bottles, fishing floats, and even musical instruments. They're easily grown, harvested, and dried, and can also be painted if you want to get creative. The smooth, tan shell of the captivatingly curvy Birdhouse Bottle gourd becomes hard and glossy when ready to harvest, giving it a particularly fitting form for attractive and sturdy birdhouses. These gourds grow on long vines that spread out horizontally along the ground. When the leaves and stem turn brown and begin to wither, it's time to cut the gourds from the vine. Cut them at their stems, leaving about 2 inches behind, then clean them with vinegar and water to help prevent the growth of mold. Dry them on a screen for best air circulation in a location that remains warm and dry. Birdhouse Bottle gourds can take several weeks to dry, and be sure to test their hardness periodically as you may want them to be slightly softer if you'll be cutting any holes.
Item Package Size
Weight Of Seeds Per Packet
Seeds Per Packet
approx. 20 seeds per packet
How To Grow
Direct sow in longer seasons or start indoors in colder climates