Soil

What soil is good for Gourd?

Well draining soil with plenty of compost mixed in. 

Position

How much sun does Gourd need?

Full sun

Frost Tolerant

Is Gourd frost tolerant?

No

Spacing

How much space does Gourd need?

Roughly 40cm apart.

Planting

When should I plant Gourd?

Gourds are warm season crops which are usually planted in spring once the danger of frost has passed. Seeds can be sown once soil temperatures reach at least 15°C (60°C). 

If transplanting, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn. 

Feeding

What do I feed Gourd?

 Regular application of organic fertiliser throughout the season.

Harvesting

When can I harvest Gourd?

Harvest gourds as late as possible. Gourds will not cure and store unless they are fully ripe. When harvesting, cut the stem keeping at least an inch of stem attached and move to a dry place to cure. 

Pests

What pests does Gourd get?

Aphids, Army Worms, Cucumber Beetle, Cutworm, Flea Beetle, Spider Mites, Slugs, Snails, Leafminers, Squash Bug, Squash Vine Borer, Thrips, 28 Spotted Ladybug

Diseases

What diseases does Gourd get?

Blight, Mosaic Virus, Angular Leaf Spot, Anthracnose, Powdery Mildew, Verticillium Wilt, Bacterial Leaf Spot, Phytophthora Fruit and Crown Rot 

Notes

Is there anything else I need to know about Gourd?

Gourds grow best on trellises or supports, keeping the fruits off the ground helps to prevent them from rotting on damp soil. 

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