I read somewhere that pinching back the ends of the vines on gourds when they get several feet long has sort of the same effect as pinching back flowers. You get lateral branches and more gourds. Does anyone know anything about this?
I don't personally have much experience in gourds, but I found an article once that has just the info you're looking for!
here it is:
Here is a link that might be useful: Gourd Reserv.com - Pruning Gourds page