My first try at gourds :)

wert9wert(z10FL)May 25, 2005

Wow!!!! The leaves on the gourd plants are big! I'm watering them every day (right?) and they're doing great.

Loretta

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gourd_friends(z5/6 IL)

Welcome to the gourd forum.
It would be better to water them deeply about every five days. It is more important that the roots grow deep in this early stage of growth.
Good Luck,

Jan

    Bookmark   May 25, 2005 at 7:52PM
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wert9wert(z10FL)

My goodness ... these gourds are fun! I swear one of the vines grew a foot over night. The leaves are as big as my head! No flowers yet :( but lots of new growth :)

    Bookmark   May 30, 2005 at 4:19PM
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vml68(6)

What kind of gourds did you plant and when?

    Bookmark   May 30, 2005 at 4:31PM
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wert9wert(z10FL)

I'm growing canteen gourds. In April I started the 10 seeds in pots and got three plants. I built a tent like structure (like an inverted V) ten feet long and six feet tall, using pcv pipe and put a vegetable trellis over it. One plant is about a foot and a half, the other about two feet and the third about four feet. It's in full sun all day and I water the plants at least every other day if it doesn't rain. They all look quite healthy.

Every morning when the sun comes up, I rush out to see how they're growing. This is all so exciting!!!!

    Bookmark   May 30, 2005 at 6:39PM
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Charlene_in_Iowa(5 Zone)

Good for you!!! My husband and I have just decided to grow some gourds too. I have just nicked and they are now soaking. I am soo excited. I think these will remind us of squash how they just take off and before you know it there was squash everywhere :). I hope these will be the same. I like to see almost instant results, Giant Sunflowers and others that take off quickly. I am happy for you and will soon be jumping for joy myself.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2005 at 10:58PM
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Belgianpup(Wa/Zone 7b)

Less frequent water is best, but if you have sandy soil, that may not work as well. Water well, then watch them closely, day by day, and take careful note of how long you can go before the leaves start to wilt, then don't count that last day. Three days may be better for you if you can.

Also, mulching heavily around the root area may help keep the moisture in.

Sue

    Bookmark   June 6, 2005 at 3:49PM
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