What kind of gourd is this?

christie_sw_mo(Z6)September 12, 2008

I've been looking at different websites for information about how to prepare birdhouse gourds and one of the sites said there are different types and one type takes longer to cure than the other. Can you tell by this photo what type of birdhouse gourd I have?

I prefer to leave these hanging on the vine to cure unless that won't work. Will I be able to leave them there all winter to dry or will they just fall off?

Thanks : )

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gourd_friends(z5/6 IL)

It looks like a swan/goose gourd. If it were growing on the ground, the neck would likely be bent, creating the head and bill of a swan or goose.
But, no matter what it is, it will make a great birdhouse.

Jan

    Bookmark   September 16, 2008 at 12:30PM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

Thank you Jan! : )

    Bookmark   September 18, 2008 at 8:54AM
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tomakers(SE MA Zone 5/6 or ?)

Looks exactly like my "swan gourds". I never thought about it and grew them in a cage and the necks are all straight.
Tom

    Bookmark   September 19, 2008 at 10:01PM
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dirtdauberz5mo

Yes, that looks like a swan gourd. To answer your other question, yes again, you can leave them hanging if you'd like. They won't fall off, those vines and stems are very tough. If you do cut them off, make sure you leave at least half of the stem attached to the gourd, don't try and break it off at the place it's attached. Leaving some stem will allow them to dry properly, and you can remove it once the gourd is fully dry. Takes lots of patience.....

    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 3:19PM
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