cavemans club gourd

Cavemans Club Gourd, Lagenaria siceraria

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Approx: 5 seeds

If you are looking for something unusual for fall, try our Caveman and Dinosaur gourds. These unique club shaped gourds are edible when young and great for crafts when more mature. Matures late and should be planted early for best results. Trellising the vines helps to ensure straight necks.

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Gourd was brought to Europe and the Americas very early in history, being found in Peruvian archaeological sites dating from 13,000 to 11,000 BC and Thailand sites from 11,000 to 6,000 BC. A study of bottle gourd DNA published in 2005 suggests that there are two distinct subspecies of bottle gourds, domesticated independently in Africa and Asia, the latter approximately 4,000 years earlier. The gourds found in the Americas appear to have come from the Asian subspecies, very early in history; a new study now indicates Africa. The archaeological and DNA records show it likely that the gourd was among the first domesticated species, in Asia between 12,000 and 13,000 BP, and possibly the first domesticated plant species.

Days to Germination: 5-10 days
Days to Maturity: 120 days
Height: 6-12’

Gourds prefer areas that are full sun to grow and require lots of space to ramble and produce fruit. They can grow is any soil type so long as it does not retain so much water as it becomes liquid or muddy. Gourds do not require any fertilizer, but organic material mixed into the soil is a benefit.

Plant near: beans, corn, cucumber, melon, mint, onion, pumpkin
Helped by: borage, marigolds, nasturtiums (which all deter common squash pests).

Gourds have many vital poly-phenolics, anti-oxidants and vitamins.

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