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ImageGourd
Feb 1, 2010 10:31 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Here is a photo of one of the big African Bushel gourds. I gave them a cup of organic fertilizer once a week all summer, just sprinkled around the root system. Also, all the extra female baby gourds were pinched off so that these could grow over 70"s in circumference..

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Imagemarti
Feb 2, 2010 9:12 AM CST
Name: Mary (Marti) Nelson
Ventura, CA
Peace and long life
Good looking gourd. I'm going to be growing bushel gourds for the first time this year. Any suggestions?
Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
denimangle
Feb 3, 2010 2:18 PM CST
Name: Cheryl White
Butler, Texas
WOW thats a nice gourd
ImageGourd
Feb 3, 2010 2:28 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
ooh, these are huge!! I had to buy a measuring tape that went over the 60", I found one that went to 120" to measure them.. They are outside drying and getting mold as we speak. (we type).

marti, the only thing I am waiting on these gourds is to cut one open to see if I got some thick shelled gourds with this organic fertilizer, I sure hope so, if not, then I have to figure out what kinds of potash to put in there for thicker shelled gourds,

The bigger they are, the thinner the shell, so, I hope they formed some nice thick shells. I won't know till it is time to open one after they dry, and these take months to dry out.

Say a little prayer guys!
ImageGourd
Feb 3, 2010 4:08 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Male flower on gourds

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ImageGourd
Feb 3, 2010 4:12 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
female flower on gourd (note that the female has what looks like a baby gourd at the beginning of the flower) ..

You can take pollen from the male and paint/brush it onto the female flower for hand pollenation

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ImageRoadrunner
Feb 3, 2010 6:48 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

Gourd...you are doing a great job here...I have been gone to Tucson all day...

Dave...come eat your heart out! See Gourd's Gourd~! Jo
Imagedave
Feb 3, 2010 6:52 PM CST
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas
Resident cubit-master
Maybe this year... :)
ImageRoadrunner
Feb 3, 2010 7:06 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

Gourd will have to be the seed lady this year...I'm not opening mine until IT tells me what it wants to be. LOL J
ImageGourd
Feb 3, 2010 7:06 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Hi Jo, Thanks. I've been lurking some and had class today.

Hi Dave, Good luck this coming year, let us know if you need seeds for these.

These gourds are a sight. Everyone that saw them tried to put their arms around them.. NOT Happening though.

ImageRoadrunner
Feb 3, 2010 7:36 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

Gourdbeader will want one of them. Jo
Imagedave
Feb 5, 2010 1:57 PM CST
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas
Resident cubit-master
Gourd, did you ensure purity in these? Distance separation or hand pollination?
ImageGourd
Feb 5, 2010 2:12 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Hi Dave,
Yes, they are the ONLY ones I grew last year, except the mini gourd plant that came up on it's own about 1/2 acre away in the front yard. They should come out true I think. Now, I did have some zuccini in that area, will that mess everything up?
A.
Imagedave
Feb 5, 2010 2:57 PM CST
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas
Resident cubit-master
Zucchini won't cross with gourds. You should be good to go.

I'd love to get some seeds from you when they're ready!!
ImageGourd
Feb 5, 2010 3:01 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Alrighty, You got it. I'll post when they are ready, they are still pretty heavy.
Imagedave
Feb 5, 2010 3:13 PM CST
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas
Resident cubit-master
Are these still green? When did you harvest them?
ImageGourd
Feb 5, 2010 4:33 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
They are not green anymore, but they are not completely dry, the vines died in late October/November sometime, but they are not dry yet. I left them out in the spots where they were growing, some are beginning to peel. They are still pretty heavy.
Imagedave
Feb 5, 2010 4:34 PM CST
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas
Resident cubit-master
Wow, given their size I guess it makes sense that it would take a very long time for them to dry out. Hopefully they'll be dry by seed planting time this spring!! Smiling
ImageGourd
Feb 5, 2010 4:55 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
I just went out and checked on them, two of them that are drying really good and peeling weigh about 40 or 50 lbs. the rest are still weighing over 100 lbs each.. they are so heavy I can't even budge them.

The seeds should be good now anyway, but I am waiting for the shell to get dry/hard. I think that like the pumpkins, the seeds are ready on these when they vine dies. So, I could take the seeds out now and they would germinate. I'll be sure to take them out before Spring arrives, Hopefully by the beginning March and I'll mail out then.

Two of them caved in, but, I expected these two to do that because they got a late start in growing but took off, so I let them be, they are big, but not as big as the 8 that matured on the vines.
Imagedave
Feb 5, 2010 5:21 PM CST
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas
Resident cubit-master
So far so good.

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