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Giant Harvest Gourds

Lunch Lady

EXCLUSIVE - These are wild! Lunch Lady produces absolutely huge warted, oblong gourds that easily reach 18 to 22 inches tall and 10 to 12...

EXCLUSIVE - These are wild! Lunch Lady produces absolutely huge warted, oblong gourds that easily reach 18 to 22 inches tall and 10 to 12 inches in diameter at the base. The vigorous climbing vines bear multiple wonderful gourds that color up bright orange, red-gold and with an occasional stunning dark green or bicolor.

Amazingly, these strong vines support their heavy fruits happily, decorating any garden trellis or fence! Lunch Lady gourds are unique, fun and make truly awesome seasonal decorations.

Seed Count: 15 - 18 / Weight: 2 gms
$ 3.19
#5532
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BEST TO START SEEDS INDOORS

Several weeks before last spring frost date, sow 2 seeds each, 1 in. deep, in individual pots of potting mix. Keep warm and moist and provide a strong light source. When nights stay above 50°F (10°C), thin to one seedling per pot and gradually acclimate to outdoors. Transplant at along a sturdy fence or trellis to climb effortlessly and form a lush canopy or allow vines to ramble at garden edges. 

START DIRECTLY OUTDOORS

Sow seeds directly outdoors only if you have a long growing season. Sow only after night temperatures stay solidly above 50°F. (10°C). In full sun, sow seeds 1 inch deep and 4 inches apart along a garden fence or sturdy trellis or along garden edges. Thin seedlings to final spacing 8 inches apart. 

GROWING NOTES

Unique Lunch Lady gourds need full sun, rich soil and warm temperatures. For earliest and best yields, hand-pollinate gourds: pick a blooming male flower and dust pollen onto fresh female flowers (the ones with small fruits at the base).

Repeat as new flowers appear. Pollinated fruits start growing larger within several days. Gourds are mature when rinds are tough and the tendril next to the stem turns brown. Harvest with several inches of stem. Dry in a well-ventilated place.
Note: the flesh of Lunch Lady ornamental gourds has a bitter gene and is not edible.

Cold Winters

Mild Winters

Sun/Shade

Sow Seeds

Days to Germinate

Days to Harvest

May – June
April – May
Full sun

 8 inches apart 
 1 inch deep 

8 – 10 days
110 days

Cold Winters

Mild Winters

Sun/Shade

Sow Seeds

Days to Germinate

Days to Harvest

May – June
April – May
Full sun

 8 inches apart 
 1 inch deep 

8 – 10 days
110 days

Cold Winters

May – June

Mild Winters

April – May

Sun/Shade

Full sun

Sow Seeds

 8 inches apart 
 1 inch deep 

Days to Germinate

8 – 10 days

Days to Harvest

110 days

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