What are the pros? gorgeous gourds, lush leaves
What are the cons? needs long, hot summers
Plant after soil warms and watch for earwigs. We have been growing/saving the seeds since 2007. My husband built a tepee from a 16' willow poles and created support with twine, leaving a door opening. Mayo Bule vines reach the very top every year, intertwined with Heavenly Blue morning glories. The hard-shelled gourds require a very long, hot growing season, about 150 days. Frilly white flowers bloom at night, attracting night pollinators such as hummingbird moths; exquisite! Fruit are pale green,12" tall, pear-shaped, and decorated with peanutty warts; enchanting! Harvest before frost leaving 1" stem. Some gourds dry out to an almost metallic gold, others are straw-colored - definitely a conversation-starter. My husband makes birdhouses to hang in our oak trees and the birds are happy to take up residence. Over the years the kids enjoyed camp-outs in the vine-covered tepee.We place a patio table and chairs inside for summer morning coffee and tea. Wish I could post a photo!
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