Gourd Growing Guide

Gourd

Crop Rotation Group

Cucurbits (Squash family) 

Soil

Well-drained soil enriched with plenty of compost.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Cannot tolerate frost.

Feeding

Drench plants with a liquid fertilizer when they begin to blossom and set fruits.

Companions

Radish, Catnip, Broccoli, Tansy, Dill and Marigold.

Spacing

Single Plants: 2' 11" (90cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 2' 11" (90cm) with 2' 11" (90cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow seeds 1 inch deep in late spring or early summer, either in rows or hills. Also may be started from seedlings started indoors or purchased at stores.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Most gourds grow into large, long-vined plants. Growing long gourds on a trellis helps them keep their shape. Grow at the edge of your garden to save space.

Harvesting

Harvest gourds as late as possible, because gourds will not cure and store unless they are totally ripe. Cut gourds with a bit of stem attached, and move to a dry place to cure through winter.

Troubleshooting

Squash bugs and squash vine borers can be serious pests. Exclude them from young plantings with row covers. Some gourds such as luffas rarely fruit well in northern latitudes.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Gourd