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We grow many varieties of gourds at Gourdlandia, with interesting names: Mini Chinese Bottle, Sennari, Tobacco Box, Four Inch Round, Extra Long-Handled Dipper, 100 Plus, etc. We also buy some from Amish gourd farmers in southern Pennsylvania.
The photo captions here contain
growing tips. You can get more information from the American Gourd Society.
Seeds! I've got seeds! Want some?
Please note: the seed giveaway for 2020 is over... check back next March!
My seeds are organic, but not certified. Tested for germination, but not extensively. These are seeds from gourds that I've hand-pollinated and isolated to prevent cross-pollination. They should be "true."
Note: Smaller gourds are easier to grow. A good selection of seeds from gourds of all sizes can be found at some of my favorite seed sources:
If you've never grown gourds before, I highly recommend you read the growing tips in the slideshow above, and seed-starting tips here, before sending for seeds. Gourds require LOTS of space, good rich soil, and as much time on the vine as possible. Gourds look nasty and moldy when they're drying... DON'T THROW THEM AWAY!!!
Still want some?
This is how it works: I don't sell them, I give them away.
Send me a self-addressed stamped envelope with a note saying which seeds you'd like (see below). I'll send your envelope back with seeds! Just a few, because I want lots of people to get some. My address can be found here.
Seeds Available Spring 2020:
South Sea Island Dipper
My favorite dipper gourd! I like it for it's nice hard shell. It's not extra-long; most are less than a yard.
Chinese Bottle Gourd
It's not a mini Chinese Bottle, but it isn't full-sized either! It's not real thick, and it may not be true, either.... but isn't it sweet?
Big beautiful gourd with a nice shell, 1/4" thick or more. 14-18" diameter, 12" tall, with a knob at the top.
Small Unnamed Gourd C
Prolific plant, nice little gourd. 7-8" tall, pretty thick shell. I turn them into small fairy houses.
A lovely gourd, good size (10-12"), shell is dense, almost 1/4" thick.
This glorious gourd needs a better name. I'm thinking "Schnozzola", maybe. Or maybe "Umbilical Gourd."
These 2-3' long gourds are also called Italian Edible Gourds, best eaten when less than a foot long. But only a Barbarian would eat something you could turn into a lamp!
Small Thick Gourd
This one has a very thick shell, but it's hard to grow! Needs a long time on the vine, and prone to soft spots. Only ask for this one if you live in zone 7 or higher.