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    Cucurbits - Giant gourds, Luffas and Pumpkins

    I have always loved pumpkins since I was a little kid. I became an official cucurbit fan in 2005 after seeing long handled dipper gourds growing at Epcot's The Land. When I found out these could be turned into birdhouses and other things because of the hardshells the genus Lagenaria (the hard shelled gourds) became one of my favorite plants. But unfortunately as far as pumpkins go I found out the hard way that unless you have a climate controlled greenhouse they do not grow in Florida and are near impossible to grow. This is why we have all our Halloween pumpkins imported in from other states. Imagine my surprise when I found that up north pumpkin patches are just that real patches where you go pick your pumpkins. Not tent stands like we have here. Regardless I was detrmined and I've been trying and failing since 2005 to grow them. The biggest eneimeis being powder mildew, heat, humidity and melon worms. But I finally did it. Last year I finally succeeded in growing pumpkins. I'll post some of my success pics from 2011 in this thread.



    This is a Martin House Gourd. A very large gourd for making into Purple Martin homes. Remember I'm also avian obsessed.



    I finally built an arbor for gourds along the back fence last year. These are some Opos hanging down. I love the shapes of gourds haning like this. Opo is a Chinese variety.



    If Epcot can do it then so can I. And I did. This is a giant Zucca gourd. They had bunche of these growing there on an arbor like this. I managed to grow three of these giants with this one being the biggest one. It was 30 inches.



    The start of my pumpkin patch. I tilled all that with just my foot and a shovel. The little flags are where I planted four seeds each of different types.



    Lastly, female flower of an extra long luffa. These can grow up to three feet in length. You can tell the flower is longer than normal. I'm going to stop here in case no one is interested and I don't post too many pics for nothing.

    This year my focus will be on tropics but I do hope to grow some cucurbits again.

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    Do you carve gourds and do you also grow bushel gourds?

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    Other than drilling holes in them for bird houses I don't carve them. I like growing them more than using them for art. I do have seeds for bushel gourds. I have seeds for nearly all the varieties but those didn't come up for me last year. I did get a nice pointed cannon ball gourd. I may try them again this year.

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    oooh, i may have to get into gourds next year
    NAOW POST YOUR OTHER PICS!!!!!!!!!!!

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    ooo I'd love to grow a gourd to make my own Yerba Mate cup.
    LOOKING FOR: N. (argentii x bicalcarata) x {[(lingulata x edwardsiana) x (naga x hamata)] x [(klossii x undulatifolia) x (aristolochioides x rajah)]} Growlist: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=124586

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    I should send you some seeds for my favorite gourd: the Bule. (pronounced boo-lay) it's a great walloping warty monster! Google it.

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    Excellent!

    Last year, I fell in love with decorative gourds and attempted to grow them for the first time. However, the searing summer heat made things a bit difficult. I don't think I watered enough. Nevertheless, I got a small harvest.


    This year, I will be attempting to grow some again... small decorative ones, large autumn wings, and Jack-Be-Little pumpkins.
    -Joel from Southern California


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    Gourds are a lot of fun. They are long vines that get into everything. I didn't trim the side shoots last year so not only did they go all over my arbor but they engulfed my patio as well. I'm glad you guys like the photos. Ok a few more.



    Some of the pumpkins coming up later in the season.



    Cluster of male long luffa flowers. One long female in the background.



    Female luffa bud.



    Pollinated female turning into a fruit.



    One Too Many vaiety pumpkin vine escaping through the fence.

    More to come.

    ---------- Post added at 09:46 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:42 PM ----------

    Woops you two must have been typing at the same time I was.

    Whimgrinder: Thank you for the offer. I have not heard of those but they sound like the squash called Red Warty Thing. I'd be glad to trade some seeds with you. I may put up a seed trade soon on that forum.

    Joossa: I saw your post from last year and LOVED your photos of your growth progress. I'm glad you have discovered the joys of cucurbits. I'm quite read up and experienced with this plant family and would be happy to help you out. Yes they do need lots of water. I think you have a wonderful little harvest though. I love those small baseball sized pumpkins. They're great for pies.
    Just wanted to say too that pumpkins grow very well in California. Some prize winning Dill's Atlantic Giants have been grown there.

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