Dinosaur Gourd

Dinosaur Gourds are grown as a curiosity and for aesthetic appeal they are used for decoration and crafts, they are not edible. Their appearance is quite bizarre, they have a rough scaled thick green skin which resembles what we would expect of a dinosaur. They also have a long curved neck much like a brontosaurus or similar sauropod.

Although gourds are not edible, they are related to cucumbers, melons, and pumpkins. Dinosaur gourds are hard-shell gourds and grow best in full sun, but will tolerate a wee bit of shade. They are fairly large as are their vines so trellising is a good idea.

They produce Pale Yellow flowers in late spring to mid summer. They are similar to winter squash plant so far as care and maintenance is concerned. Winter Squash is harvested earlier as as an edible crop, whereas hard shell gourds are harvested later in order to allow the shell to harden.

Germination Ratio 75 - 85%

Germination Period 8 to 10 days. Snipping a tiny nip off the seed tips to break the protective coating will expedite germination. You can also soak the seeds in a damp rag for a day or two to soften the shell.

Although the vines are not exceptionally large, the gourds at times are. Trellising or a similar support is advisable

Dinosaur Gourd

Full Sun

90 - 120 days to Maturity

Spacing 6 ft.

Plant Height - 4 to 8 Ft. Vines

Soil ph: 5.8 -6.2

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