Growing gourds is both simple and fun. Their seeds are easy to plant and grow with little to no effort. The seeds can be started indoors on your kitchen counter, in a greenhouse, or even sown directly in the ground in some cases. With a little time and patience, the gourd seed will grow into thick, green vines that will eventually be covered with green gourds. By following a few steps, you will be able to plant gourd seeds and start these plants around your own home or garden.
Purchase a seed-starter tray from your local plant nursery or garden specialty store. These planting trays are especially designed for seeds. Generally, seed-starter trays included small pods made of peat and netting that will hold the seed and allow it to be easily transplanted when the time comes.
Place one or two gourd seeds in each starter pod and place it back into the seed-starter tray.
Water the planting pods within the seed-starter tray until they swell with water. The seed-starter tray generally comes with directions on an estimated amount of water it may take to thoroughly wet the seedpods.
Place the clear plastic dome that came with the seed starter tray over the seedpods, and place the planting tray in a warm, sunny location. If the area receives full sun, allow the clear plastic dome to set slightly off the side of the planting tray; this will keep the inside of the tray from getting to hot.
Transplant the entire seedpod into the garden once the seeds have germinated and are large enough to be moved outside.