Vegetables and Fruit forum: Pictures of whole gourd plants

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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 4, 2017 5:50 AM CST
I'm looking for pictures of whole gourd plants, particularly hard shell gourds. Just for reference purposes in planning a gourd bed.

But it's proven difficult to find pictures of the whole plant. Does anybody here have any?
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Jan 15, 2017 8:39 AM CST
I don't have one. When I grew birdhouse gourds, the vines were easily fifteen feet long, up my trellis and over the fence to the neighbors. Multiple strands, too. Just plan for huge and wandering. I've grown birdhouse, round, and trombocino (squash) gourds, and all were similarly huge.
Possibly, you could or should cut the main stem at some time to encourage side stems. Some pumpkin growers do this. Maybe when you do that, you get more in your original bed or trellis, and less running.
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 16, 2017 10:18 PM CST
Thank you. I'm gonna attempt apple gourds, which are a close relative of the gourds you named. What kind of trellis did/do you use? I'm trying to plan one but it seems like the kind of thin straight-up-and-down trellis I use for morning glories would be crushed under the weight of the gourds. Just trying to get an idea...
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jan 17, 2017 6:27 AM CST
I had two 8 foot 2x4s standing up, ends sunk in the ground, 4 feet apart, with a shorter one across the top, then a mish mash of sticks and string going up. .yes, it will need some 'sturdiness'
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 18, 2017 12:28 AM CST
Thank you so much. You've been very helpful. So your trellis went straight up and down and it still held the heavy gourds?

I thought I was going to have to contrive something like this: http://yourhomegardenblog.com/...
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Jan 18, 2017 12:51 AM CST
I see, like normal people, we are both up now reading about plant nonsense at 1 am...
That's a super duper trellis thing there. Nice if you can do it. My 2 x 4s were firmly dug in a good foot so they were stable. But the vines did go way beyond them. I kind of propped up sticks where the vines wanted to go, to some extent. They'll lay on the ground or climb shrubs too. or neighbor's fence.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
Om shanti om.
Container Gardener Region: West Virginia Multi-Region Gardener Garden Photography Amaryllis Zinnias
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 18, 2017 12:56 AM CST
I work overnight so at least I have that excuse. But I would probably be up reading about plants anyway. lol

For some reason it didn't occur to me that I would have to bury the posts of any trellis. I was thinking a cinder block would be enough to hold it the way it is for morning glories (which weigh very little compared to gourds) but I'm glad you mentioned that.
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