How to preserve gourds???????

gourdo_2006August 3, 2006

I read that i should dip my gourds in a mild clorox solution after picking them. Is this right???? I want my gourds to last a while, but i don't want to kill them by mixing in too much clorox. Any suggestions on how to preserve gourds safely???

Thanks

gourdo

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rich8141(z5 Indiana)

yes you can use a mild bleach but we grow hundreds of gourds every year and we let ours dry outside in the weather they will go thru a mold that is normal and in the spring you can clean them up

    Bookmark   August 11, 2006 at 9:22PM
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genepa

Gourdo - Which kind of gourds are you raising? The small ornamental or the large hard shell? Gene

    Bookmark   August 12, 2006 at 12:27AM
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gourdo_2006

i think i will try bleach and try leaving some out and see which lasts longer. thanks for the tip. i am raising both small and large gourds, but the ones i'm trying to preserve now are Turk's Turban, cobra, and birdhouse gourds.

thanks

gourdo

    Bookmark   August 13, 2006 at 6:01PM
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genepa

Gourdo - You do not want to harvest any hard shell gourds now. They will most likely rot. They shoud stay on the vine until the vine dies or the stem into the gourd dries up for at least a couple of feet back from the stem. Gene

    Bookmark   August 15, 2006 at 12:00AM
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cinjo(indiana)

Can someone refresh my memory on how to dry gourd seeds? And do i need to nick the end of them before i plant them next season. Also I planted some I saved from last year and not one of them came up.......Any answers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to all. cinjo

    Bookmark   September 12, 2006 at 9:46AM
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lynborders

I bought several decorative small gourds at the grocery store at the beginning of Fall. Now I'm in the process of decorating for Christmas and the gourds are still in the same great shape they were when I bought them - hard and colorful. Can I save these for use next year? And, if so - how? Can I store them in the garage until next fall? My garage stays cool in the winter (not freezing) and I can move them inside during the summer. Will they keep? I hate to throw them away and would love to reuse them next year. What say you??

Lyn Borders

    Bookmark   November 30, 2008 at 3:21PM
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