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A mix of small gourds in a wide range of colours and shapes, warted, smooth skinned and winged types. Fun to grow for the kids. The dried fruits keep for a long time and great for decorating the house.
Sow the mix gourd seeds from late March through April under glass for growing in the greenhouse, or late April through May to transplant outdoors. Seeds can also be sown direct outdoors, in a finely prepared bed, from late May.
Sow seeds 2 cm deep in 7.5 cm pots of good compost or in seed cells, 1-2 seeds per pot/cell, so you can save the stronger seedling.
Transplant the seedlings into bigger pots when large enough to handle.
Place in a propagator before transplanting outside. Leave 60-100 cm between plants. Prefer rich and well drained soil.
The plants grow around 2 m long, they can be grown on the ground, or trained up on trellies, against a sunny wall.
Pick the fruits when they reached the desirable size and dry them in a cool place. Non-edible.