The quick and convenient step by step guide to growing your dipper gourd seeds!
This large gourd has a long curved neck or "handle" and a bulb or "dipper" on the end that is about 10" in diameter. This gourd is green in color when growing, but can be dried to a tan color and used for crafts! It takes about 120 days to reach maturity.
How to Grow Dipper Gourd from Seed!
# 1 | In shorter growing seasons, start gourd seeds indoors in peat pots 3-4 weeks before the last frost.
#2 | To speed germination, soak the seeds overnight.
#3 | Plant the seedlings outdoors in rich soil and full sun after the last spring frost.
#4 | For direct sowing, wait until the soil warms to 70 degrees F, then plant 5 seeds per hill, 1" deep, with 5' spacing; later, thin to the strongest plant.
#5 | Keep the soil evenly moist. When the vines begin to develop, either provide a trellis or lay down mulch to keep the gourds from contact with the soil; too much soil contact can weaken the shell, distort the shape, and cause rotting.