GOURD BIRDHOUSE EASY TO GROW! DECORATIVE CRAFT FOR BIRDS AND INSECT HOUSES AND MAKE USEFUL OBJECTS TOO! $2.50

BIRHOUSE GOURDS, FANTASTIC AND FUNCTIONAL! EASY TO GROW AND THEY ARE SO MUCH FUN TO PAINT!

Description
While you’re planting food and flowers in your garden, why not plant a garden craft, as well? Birdhouse or bottle gourds (Lagenaria siceraria) are one of the thick-skinned gourds that are mainly grown for crafts or decoration.

Growing birdhouse gourds and then preparing them as a bird’s next prime real estate is a garden project that anyone can do and a great circle-of-life lesson plan for kids (or you, if you need one). Gourd birdhouses are attractive to many species

The birdhouse gourd is the white-flowering gourd species that produce the hard-shelled fruit mainly used for crafts. The yellow-flowering gourds (Cucurbit spp.) are the thin-skinned and used as colourful decorations.

Grow Notes
Birdhouse gourds can be grown on the small “hills” that is the traditional way of growing squash or gourds. However, because they are a long-season crop, they end up sitting on the ground for long periods and could become rotten on the side touching the ground. One way to avoid this problem is to use 3” or so of mulch around the vines and under the fruit, however, it’s just as easy to grow them up trellis’s, fences or cages instead.

Susceptible to mildew, so water the plants roots not the leaves.

Grow in full sun, moist well drained soils.

Sow
Sow direct in Spring or after frosts have ended 20mm deep. Space 200cm apart.

Germination
7-14 days at 24-26°C

Maturity
150-180 days, frost tender Annual.

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