Gourd, Dipper (Lagenaria siceraria Dipper) - 15 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•Easy to grow
Long, skinny, curving neck with a round bulbous end: can be cut and used as a ladle or dipper when dried. Grow on a trellis for straighter, longer handles, or try bending them into a knot when fruit is young!
Growing Instructions (USDA Zones 3-12):
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-90ºF. Planting in soil under 70ºF may result in poor germination.
Sowing Indoors: 3-4 weeks before last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot, thin to the strongest seedling. We like to use individual biodegradable paper, peat,or cowpots because it provides the least amount of stress to the roots when transplanting. Transplant after last frost when soil warms to 70ºF. Space 36-48” apart, in rows 48-60” apart. Seed Sowing Depth: 1” deep. Full sun.
Sowing Outdoors: After last frost when soil reaches at least 70ºF. Sow 2-3 seeds per space/hill, 36-48” apart, in rows 48-60” apart.
Harvest mature gourds before cold weather. Color deepens and skin is hard. Frost or freezing conditions cause injury to skins. Keep in a cool, dark, dry place for curing.