Updated on January 24, 2016

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2016 Gourds

Gourd culture notes:  These are warm weather plants that should be planted after the last frost. Gourds love warm nights and hot, humid days, and they need plenty of room. Harvest in the Fall. Let mold on the outside and scrape off the outer skin. These are the white flowering types that bloom at dusk and are mainly pollinated by moths and other night insects. All packets contain 15 to 20 seeds.

Acoma Rattle:  100 days.  Very flat, bowl shaped, most are the size of a dinner plate. We have a good supply of seed this year. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

African Kettle:  120 days.  A rather large gourd averaging about 8 inches tall and 16 inches in diameter. Pkt. $2.25 Certified Organic Seed

African Warty:  130 days.  A novelty gourd. Slightly oval, 6 inch diameter covered in warts. A crafting delight. Pkt. $3.00

Apple:  120 days.  Fruits are shaped like a giant apple. Can be painted and used as decorative "apples". Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Bali Sugar Trough:  105 days.  Oblong shape about 18 inches long varying from 2 inches around at one end to 6 inches tall at the other. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Black Seeded Bottle:  115 days.  6 to 8 inches long, bottle shaped. Pkt. $2.25 Certified Organic Seed

Caveman's Club:  110 days.  Shaped like a club. Pkt. $2.00

Cheese Gourd:  130 days.  Ribbed cheese shaped gourd/squash. The seeds say gourd, but the flesh is slightly orange. The shell is hard. Looks like a designer pumpkin. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Chinese Bottle:  100 days.  Small size about 4 inches across and 5 inches tall, very much pear shaped. We had a great crop of this one this year. Pkt. $1.00 Certified Organic Seed

Corsica Flat:  130 days.  8 to 10 inches across. A flattened bowl shape with an extra-thick rind. Good shape for beginners. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Dinosaur:  135 days.  Ribbed, long curved neck, big bulb end. Pkt. $3.00 (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed

Dipper, Extra Long Handled:  135 days.  Very long 2 to 3 foot handles with nice bases. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Dipper, Short Handled Green:  120 days.  Five-inch bowl, 14 inch handle. Skin is deep green, thick shelled. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Dipper, Short Handled Mottled:  120 days.  Five-inch bowl, 16 to 18 inch handle. Skin is green mottled white. Thick shelled. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Gakha:  140 days.  A big African trough gourd. 18 to 20 inches long, 7 inches wide at blossom end. Used for fermenting beverages and for storage. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Giant African Water Bottle:  140 days.  Fruits are very large about 2 feet tall, 9 inches in diameter at the base and a narrow skinny top. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Giant Mayo Bule:  130 days.  Shaped like a straightneck summer squash, with a slight crook at the top. Fruits are about 17 inches long, 7 inches in diameter at the base and narrower at the stem end. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Hawaiian Dance Mask:  110 days.  Unique shape like a large flat bottom pear. Fruits are about 10 inches tall and around 8 inches at the base. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Hopi Rattle:  100 days.  Similar to Acoma Rattle, but has a scar on the bottom. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Italian Edible:  Long, skinny, edible in the stage when less than 12" long. Pkt. $2.00

Japanese Round:  140 days.  Bushel-basket type. 12 to 14 inch diameter, 18 inches high. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Japanese Siphon:  140 days.  4 to 5 feet long. Skinny with slight bulge at the stem end. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Kapok (Mini Dipper):   110 days.  Very tiny, hand sized or smaller. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Legendary Bottle:  130 days.  Thick shell, large bottle from Africa. Needs leaching for use as a liquid container. Pkt. $2.00

Little Man:  120 days.  Round shape, 4 to 6 inches, slight warting. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Longissima:  97 days.  Edible when less than 12 inches long, use like a zucchini. Similar to Italian Edible. Will grow much longer if left growing. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Lump in the Neck Bottle:  115 days.  Rounded base and bulbous top. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Mayo Bilobal:  125 days.  10 to 12 inch bilobal shape, thick shelled. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Mayo Bule Warty:  140 days.  Ten inch bowls, 12 inches high, bowl covered with "warts". Pkt. $3.00 (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed

Mayo Gooseneck:  125 days.  Twenty-four inches long if straight. Used for a hunting decoy. Do not trellis if you want the neck to curve so it will look like a goose. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Mini Bottle Sennari:  125 days.  Small bottle gourd. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Mixed Types:  This is designed for the person that wants to grow them all, but has a tight budget of space or money. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

New Snake:  120 days.  18 inches long by 3 inch diameter. Thin shell. Used for rattles, rain sticks, and fake snakes. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Nigerian Saybo:  110 days.  Large bottle gourd, pointed end, bulbous neck. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Penguin:  95 days.  Bulbous at the base and a thinner top. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Peru Sugar Bowl:  120 days.  Fruits are 6 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter. Pkt. $2.25 Certified Organic Seed

Small Birdhouse:  120 days.  Nice size to make birdhouse for song birds. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2016)

South Sea Island Dipper:  120 days.  16 to 18 inches long, dipper section is 4 to 5 inches in diameter. Pkt. $2.50

Speckled Swan:  125 days.  Ornamental shape. Pkt. $2.00

SSE Snake:  120 days.  Twenty inches long, 3 inches wide at blossom end. Thin, but sturdy shell, edible when small. Good rattle and snake scare. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Tarahumara Canteen:  135 days.  Ten inches high and about 6 inches across. Slightly pear-shaped. Used as a water canteen. Very thick shell. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2016)

Tobacco Box:  140 days.  Six inch diameter, 3 inches tall, no neck. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2016)

Water Jug:  120 days.  Fruits average about 22 inches tall, 9 inches in diameter at the base and 2 inches at the stem end. Pkt. $2.25 Certified Organic Seed

Zucca Melon/Sheep's Nose:  150 days.  Thirty-six inches long and 12 inches in diameter. This is a very big gourd. The green rind was removed and candied for use in Panatone. Great bowl potential. Medium to thin shell. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 Pkt.)

2016 Gourds - Miscellaneous Types

Gourd notes:  Not the same species as the white-flowered gourds. These are Cucurbita pepo. Packet contains 15 to 25 seeds.

Disc Nantes:  Produces hard shelled gourds that the Cherokee and Choctaw Indians would use as a soap dish or seed container. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2016)

Nest Egg Gourd:  90 days.  True to size of a chicken egg. One plant produces several hundred fruits. Pkt. $1.50

Small Fancy Mixed Gourds:  A mixture of many different types of small, ornamental gourds. Chiefly used for decoration and crafting. Pkt. $1.50

Tennessee Dancing Gourd:  Small 1.5 inch gourd. Makes a fun toy for children to spin (kind of like a top). (15 seeds/Pkt.) Pkt. $2.50

2016 Cucurbits - Miscellaneous Types

Angled Luffa:  85 days.  (aka Vining Okra) Use in the young stage as a summer squash substitute. Matured fruits, when dried, make fair quality sponges. Trellis vines for best success. Everyone needs to try this tasty vegetable. Flavor is excellent and the plants have gorgeous yellow flowers which open at dusk. (UNAVAILABLE)

Bittermelon:  85 days.  Gorgeous lime green vines that rapidly cover a trellis. The fruit is 3 to 4 inches long, very warty and used in oriental dishes. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2016)

Chinese Wintermelon:  80 days.  A long season plant that requires hot weather to grow well. Fruits are used in a special soup. I used to think this was very long season, but the key seems to be that it needs hot weather. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Donkey Melon:  (Citrullus colocynthis) 90 days.  This plant is also sometimes called Bitter Apple and the fruit is considered poisonous to eat. The plant is native to Turkey and Africa. Check the internet for research that is being done on this plant for its many uses - one of which is that the fruits are good for keeping moths away from clothes. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Jelly Melon:  (aka Kiwano, African Horned Melon) - (Cucumis metuliferous) 120 days.  Thick vines with moderately spiny hand-sized fruits that are mottled green turning golden orange. Inside the melon the seeds are in a lime green, gelatinous capsule. Fruits routinely sell for $3.50 each in the grocery store. Flavor is okay, but make a unique decoration. Our turkeys love them. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Luffa Sponge:  100 days.  Dried fruits make excellent sponges. Trellis the vines for best success. Pkt. $3.00

Pastella:  120 days.  (Cucurbita ficifolia) White fleshed with black seeds. Flesh is used for a "candied confection". Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Queen Annes Pocket Melon:  75 days.  Grown for the fragrance and beauty, not the edibility. The fruits produce a strong, sweet melon scent that will overpower most odors. One legend says that in times past, prior to deodorant and frequent bathing, people carried them in their pockets to help make things smell better. They are not poisonous; they just don't taste as wonderful as they smell. The fruit is large duck egg in size and orange in color with darker striping. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Small Prickles:  85 days.  (Cucumis anguria) Looks like an overgrown, tennis ball sized "koosh" ball. Prickles are not sharp. Very productive and ornamental. Stays in good shape for a long time. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

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