We grow hundreds of hard-shell gourds every year at Morning View Farm. If you are ever in the neighborhood, stop buy and select a great gourd for your next gourd artist project. Here are a few pics of what it takes to grow them from seed to sale. (All photos copyright MVF)
some seeds are soaked for two days before planting
seeds require very warm temp. to sprout.
Seed coat will fall off seed leaf in a day or two.
New seedlings like lots of sun.
After danger of frost, seedlings are set out and mulched.
Gourd vines grow fast on warm summer days.
Some vines need support so that the gourds do not grow mis-shaped.
Gourds have male and female flowers. The female, like this one, will have a premature fruit below the blossom.
Hard shelled gourds have white blossoms. This yellow blossom belongs to a Luffa gourd.
The gourd vine will attach itself with a very small, but very strong, tendril.
Some years we have a gourd “jungle” that will have walls, tunnels, and teepees.
Connor checks out a long handle dipper gourd that got tied up in a knot.
Adam, Amber, Evan, and Connor on a safari in the jungle.
Owen and Cole say “Hi” from the teepee.
Cole finds one kissed by a toad.
Tennessee Spinners are not hard shelled gourds, but considered ornamental gourds.
One of our gourd pictures used several times by the Ohio Gourd Society.
This one will make a nice “shekere” , an African musical instrument.
Some years it is hard to keep the bugs away.
Sometimes to keep the handles straight, you have to dig holes under the growing gourds.
Gourds are harvested and left outside to cure until next spring.
When spring comes it’s time to bring them in and begin washing off the outer peel or skin.
Once cleaned, they go in the studio barn and are now ready for craft and art.