How to Start Gourd Seeds

Overview

Gardeners have been growing gourds for several millenniums, using them both as food and drying them to make containers and tools, reports Ohio State University. The vines themselves are also prized for ornamental purposes. Instead of buying pre-started gourd seedlings, save your hard-earned cash and start gourd seeds by planting them directly in the ground. You'll have your own row of gourd plants within two months.

Step 1

Prepare the garden soil as soon as the outdoor temperature is at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit, which North Carolina State University says is the ideal temperature for germinating the seeds. Use a spade or tiller, and break up the soil to a depth of 6 inches.

Step 2

Fertilize the planting site. The University of Florida recommends spreading a complete fertilizer like a 10-10-10 or 6-6-6 product according to its labeled guidelines, as potency varies by product, followed by 3 inches of compost. Mix the soil amendments into the top 6 inches of dirt.

Step 3

Soak the gourd seeds in water for 24 hours. This helps hasten the time it takes for the seeds to germinate, according to Texas A&M University.

Step 4

Plant the gourd seeds. Bury each seed 1 inch deep and space the seeds apart by 24 inches, according to Ohio State University. If you're growing more than one row, separate them by 60 inches.

Step 5

Water the planting site two times a day or as needed to keep the top couple inches of soil moist. Texas A&M University says the gourd seedlings will appear within eight weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade or tiller
  • All-purpose complete fertilizer
  • Compost
  • Gourd seeds

References

  • "Burpee: The Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener"; Karan Cutler, et al.; 1997
  • University of Florida: Gourds
  • North Carolina State University: Growing Gourds
  • Ohio State University: Growing and Curing Gourds in the Home Landscape
  • Texas A&M University: Growing Gourds
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