Birdhouse Gourds


About- Birdhouse Gourds, also known as Large Bottle Gourds, are an heirloom variety perfect for crafting and carving. They are typically 12-14 inches in height and 5 inches in diameter, giving crafters a large canvas to work with.

When and Where to Plant- Direct sow 2/3 seeds per space / hill once soil temps have reached 70ºF. Prefers rich, loose, well-drained soils.

Care and Harvest- Water well 1-2 times per week. Provide fertilizer based on soil test. For drying, harvest after fruits after they receive 2-3 frosts. Leaves, stems and fruit should all be varying shades of brown. Birdhouse gourds require a long drying time. Allow to dry for 3-6 months in an area with good ventilation. Discard any soft or rotten fruit. If mold begins to develop wipe off with a light bleach solution. Gourds are dry when they rattle and weight very little. 

Planting Depth- 1/2"

Days to Germination- 7-10

Seed Spacing- 3-5 seeds per hill, 6" apart

Hill Spacing- 48-60"

Spacing Between Rows- 48-60"

Days to Maturity- 110

Approximate Seeds per Pkt- 12