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What kind of gourd is this?

Posted by christie_sw_mo Z6 (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 12, 08 at 15:42

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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RE: What kind of gourd is this?

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.


RE: What kind of gourd is this?

Thank you Jan! : )

RE: What kind of gourd is this?

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

RE: What kind of gourd is this?

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.....

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