Single Packet of 45 Seeds
Grow a garden filled with Apple Gourds, from freshly harvested Lagenaria siceraria seeds. Apple Gourds are aptly named because they closely resemble an actual apple. Don't bite into these things though, they will for sure break your teeth once hardened. Gourds are primarily grown and used for Fall décor, and can be painted and decorated as well. Apple Gourds can grow to a mature height of roughly 24 to 30 inches tall and vine outwards, taking up as much as 12 feet of land. Many gardeners choose to grow gourds vertically to save gardening space. This also allows the plants to receive more oxygen and is recommended.
Gourds are annual plants that produce fruits and seeds within a single season. They thrive in the heat of summer and are grown from June into the late Autumn season. Apple gourds are ready for harvesting in about 110 days after first sprouts appear. The fruits will turn from green to brown as they dry out and solidify.
Sowing The Seed
Gourd seeds can be sown directly outdoors when the weather is warm, 110 - 120 days prior to the desired harvest date. Be sure to remove all unwanted plant life prior to sowing your Gourds. The seeds can be planted on 12” hills, in groups of 4 per hill. Sow at a depth of 1” under topsoil. Check below for additional information on spacing and growth habits.
Gourds prefer the heat of Summer, and thrive in areas of full sunlight. Temperatures of 85F or higher are recommended. The soil should be rich in organic matter, but also well drained. A well drained soil prevents your plants from becoming waterlogged and rotting. To improve drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to areas containing hard, compact soil. Water the seeds and plants daily, near the roots to avoid mildew.
Germination & Growth
Gourd seeds will take anywhere between 10 to 20 days to germinate successfully. The plants can reach heights of 24 to 30 inches tall, and can spread a good 6 to 12 feet long. Many gardeners use a trellis, or some type of support to grow Gourds vertically. Growing vertically will save space in your garden, and can also improve the oxygen flow through your plants.
Common Misspellings: Gord, Gorde, Gourde, Gords, Gordes
We promise to never knowingly carry or sell GMO based seed products. All seeds sold through Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and the vast majority seeds are produced from open pollinated plants. (A very low number of our seed products are F1 hybrids) Our seed stock is stored in a temperature controlled facility and our products are constantly moved out due to popularity. Each and every packet is intended for the current and the following growing season and will not be marked with an expiration date.
If you are to store your seeds for successful growth in the following year, we recommend placing the packets in an airtight ziplock bag. Place your seeds in a cool, dark and dry area of the home, such as a basement where they are kept at room temperature or below.
It is our goal to make you a happy customer! If you experience any problems with your seeds such as germination issues, we will replace or refund any seed product within 180 days of your purchase date. Please contact us directly for a resolution to any problems that you are having with our products.
Question: When should I sow these seeds?
Answer: This is something you must research for your specific region. We offer a ton of helpful articles in our Blog that explain in depth how to successfully grow the seeds within our shop. All of our product pages have useful information on sowing as well.
Question: What is the size of this packet?
Answer: Our traditional packages are 3.25" wide, by 4.50" tall. Some of our larger packages of Corn, Beans and Peas will be 4" wide by 4.675" tall, and our Wildflower packages containing bulk seeds are usually 4.50" wide by 6.45" inches tall.
Question: Are your seeds heirloom?
Answer: In short yes, a vast majority of the plant varieties we carry are heirloom. Heirlooms are varieties that have been passed down for generations.
Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: No, we promise to never knowingly carry or supply any GMO based seed products and steer clear of seed producers from major GMO companies, such as Monsanto.
Question: Are your seeds Organic?
Answer: No, at this time we do not sell organic seeds.
Question: How long will shipping take?
Answer: This can sometimes depend on the size of your order, however 95% of our orders will ship within 24 to 48 hours. All orders ship First Class by default and can take 2 - 5 business days to arrive. Orders placed on a Friday may not ship until the following Monday.
Question: What if my seeds don't grow?
Answer: If you experience any problems with our seed products, contact us within 180 days of your purchase date for a resolution.
Question: Do the packages have sowing instructions on them?
Answer: Yes, all of our seed packets have detailed sowing information on the reverse side as well as a QR code that leads to the original product page here on our website.
Question: Why is there no expiration date on your seed packages?
Answer: Our seeds are contained within a temperature controlled facility in airtight containers. When we ship our seed products to customers, we fill a small portion of packets that sell on a weekly basis. We do not print an expiration date on the packets since the large majority of seeds technically do not expire for long periods of time, IF they are stored in the proper conditions. If you plan to store or save your seeds for the following year, we suggest placing them in a ziplock bag, later storing them in a dark, cool and dry area of the home.
Question: Can I receive a catalog in the mail?
Answer: At this time, we are focused on remaining solely online. We do not send paper catalogs in an effort to save more trees, as well as keep our prices low.
Question: I did not receive an invoice for my order.
Answer: We do not send paper invoices with our orders since the invoice can be viewed online with your Seed Needs account. You will also receive an invoice / order confirmation through email.
Question: What is the difference between a hybrid variety and a GMO based seed product.
Answer: Hybrids are a NATURAL process of cross pollinating two species, thus producing a first generation hybrid (F1.) For example: Mixing a red, double blooming, single stem sunflower, with a yellow, multi branching sunflower might result in a orange-red, double blooming, multibranching plant.
GMO based seed products are a completely different and unatural process of gene splicing in a laboratory. The process entails the introduction of a separate biological kingdom, such as a bacteria, or a pesticide. This bacteria or pesticide is then eaten directly by the consumer when the crops reach maturity. (BAD NEWS)
Question: Can you ship these seeds overseas?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States and Canada.