- Curved neck gourds
- Grow to 18-24 inches
- Gourds have an 8 inch bowl
- 125 days
(L. siceraria) (aka Maranka, Swan) Given to SSE years ago by a Cherokee member from Louisiana. Traditionally used to decorate sweat lodges. Solid green gourds have curved necks and distinctive ridges, perfect for gourd-craft swans. Total length of 18-24" with an 8" bowl. Best when grown on a trellis. 125 days.
Learn to Grow it
This crop can be direct seeded into the soil after the last spring frost. You can also start plants indoors 3-6 weeks before the last frost date.
If you are direct seeding, plant in groups of 2-3 seeds and keep the healthiest plant that matures. Space your plants or seeds 12-18 inches apart and plant 1/2-1 in. deep.
Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.
These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F. You should avoid watering them from above as damp leaves may be susceptible to disease.