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how can i keep small gourds from rotting?

Posted by karnina israel (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 12, 05 at 16:22

its the end of the gourds season here in israel and one of the vine decided to grow 2 new gourds at last..
they are pretty small and the rains are about to come..
is there a way to preserve these little ones?
maybe i can pick them and somehow dry them and use them for my crafts?

or maybe you think they might have a chance to survive the winter???

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RE: how can i keep small gourds from rotting?

Hi Karnina. Isn't it annoying when the gourds set just at the end of the season? I have several small ones, too. However, I would guess that if they are meant to be large hard-shell gourds, they may have a hard time sucessfully getting past harvest. I suggest that you pick them when the vine appears dry (will that happen in a rainy climate?) and then put them somewhere quite cool and completely dry. You might try wiping them with a mild bleach solution to see if it helps to retard spoilage. Good luck, you never can tell with gourds quite how they will turn out. J

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