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ripe gourds

Posted by bigh (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 23, 09 at 8:12

How do you know if gourds are ripe? In Phoenix Az we do not get frost. the gourds will grow 10 months or longer. So when do I pick them and start drying

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RE: ripe gourds

I pick my gourds (hard shelled and ornamental) when the tendril next to the gourd turns brown. I hear the shell is thicker if you leave them on until frost kills the plants. But I like having gourds sitting around in the fall (or late summer) and it seems like a waste to me to leave the gourds in the field until they are all moldy and brown.

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