GOURDS

(43 varieties to chose from)

 

These are warm weather plants that should be planted  after the last frost.  Love warm nights and hot, humid days.  Need plenty of room.  Harvest in the Fall, then 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.) Do not plant them too early or in cold soil.  They will not germinate in those conditions.

 

Warning! We constantly hear of many tricks and  methods to get these gourd sed to germinate and many of these”tricks” actually cause he seed to not germinate.  soaking in various solutions, nicking  the seed etc. can all  work sometimes but in many actually  harm the seeds chances. The best way to get them to germinate is very warm soil. When we plant direct seeded outdoors in  late June  they will pop out of the ground in 3-5 days. Some experiments of planting in late May and then in late June,the late June plantings actually come up before the late May.

 

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. $2.00 Limit 1

 

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. $2.25 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 UNAVAILABLE FOR 2019

 

Dipper, Short Handled Green- 120 days- 5 inch bowl, 14 inch handle.  Skin is deep green, thick shelled.   Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

 

Dipper, Short Handled Mottled- 120 days- 5 inch bowl, 16 to 18 inch handle.  Skin is green mottled white.  Thick shelled.  Pkt. $2.00 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. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2019

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.   UNAVAILABLE FOR 2019

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.  (Unavailable for 2019)

Hopi Rattle- 100 days - Similar to Acoma Rattle, but has a scar on the bottom.   Pkt. $3.00 Limit 1 SOLD OUT AS OF MARCH 15

Italian Edible-  Long, skinny, edible in the stage when less than 12” long. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2019

 

Japanese Round- 140 days- Bushel Basket type.  12 to 14 inch diameter, 18 inches high.  UNAVAILABLE FOR 2019 

 

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.  UNAVAILABLE FOR 2019

 

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

Lump in the Neck Bottle- 115 days-  Rounded base and bulbous top.   Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

 

Mayo Bilobal- 125 days - 10 to 12 inch bilobal shape, thick shelled. (Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

 

Mayo Bule Warty- 140 days - 10 inch bowls, 12 inches high, bowl covered with “warts”.  Pkt. $3.00  (Limit 1 Pkt.)  Certified Organic Seed   

 

Mayo Gooseneck- 125 days - 24 inches long if straight.  Used for a hunting decoy.  Do not trellis if you want the neck to curve  and look like a goose.  Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed 

Mini Bottle Sennari- 125 days- Small bottle gourd. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2019

 

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 birdhouses for song birds. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2019

 

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- 20 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- 10 inches high and about 6 inches across.  Slightly pear shaped.  Used as a water canteen.  Very thick shell.    UNAVAILABLE FOR 2019

 

Tobacco Box- 120 days - 6 inch diameter, 3 inches tall, no neck.   Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

 

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- 130 days- 36 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.  We planted  our crop this year in mid June and ended up with 70 plus pound specimens by mid October. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS GOURDS 

 

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 2018)

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

 

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).  Pkt. (15 seeds) $2.50

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Sand Hill Preservation Center

Heirloom Seeds & Poultry

1878 230th Street

Calamus, IA 52729

563-246-2299

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