Ornamental Gourds

ornamental gourdsOrnamental gourds are related to edible squashes and pumpkins, but are grown to full maturity and then dried to use for decoration. They're readily available in grocery stores and farmers markets, and several types can be successfully grown in North Florida.

Most ornamental gourds can be grown attractively on trellises, arbors, and fences. Unlike edible squash, which are picked in an immature stage, gourds should be allowed to mature and dry on the vine if possible.

Use sharp shears to harvest the gourds; never twist them from the plant. These fruits may be used with natural colors and shapes unchanged, or they may be sanded and painted in creative colors and designs. Gourds can also be used for practical purposes, such as hanging baskets, vases, fruit bowls, dippers, birdhouses, and toys.

Suggest consolidation for Ornamental gourds, peppers, luffa, ornamental vegetables.

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