Gourd Growing Guide

Curcurbito pepo, Lagenaria siceraria


Crop Rotation Group

Cucurbits (Squash family) 


Well-drained soil enriched with plenty of compost.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Cannot tolerate frost.


Drench plants with a liquid fertilizer when they begin to blossom and set fruits.


Single Plants: 2' 11" (90cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 2' 11" (90cm) with 2' 11" (90cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow seeds 1 inch deep in late spring or early summer, either in rows or hills. Also may be started from seedlings started indoors or purchased at stores.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Most gourds grow into large, long-vined plants. Growing long gourds on a trellis helps them keep their shape. Grow at the edge of your garden to save space.


Harvest gourds as late as possible, because gourds will not cure and store unless they are totally ripe. Cut gourds with a bit of stem attached, and move to a dry place to cure through winter.


Squash bugs and squash vine borers can be serious pests. Exclude them from young plantings with row covers. Some gourds such as luffas rarely fruit well in northern latitudes.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Gourd