Drying gourds - Knowledgebase Question

Lake Wales, FL
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Question by Norm960
September 14, 1999
I raised some guords in my flower bed. They are huge and are trying to turn brown. Do I pick them and hang them to continue the drying process or do I leave them in my yard on the vine?

Answer from NGA
September 14, 1999
To harvest, let the gourds ripen on the vine until the stems turn brown. Then allow them to dry fully on a rack with good air circulation. You can wax, varnish, or shellac them when they're completely dry.

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