Heritage Status: New Zealand
Bio-Region of Origin: Northland
Number of Seeds: 15
Description: A crossed mix of the large Ruka Gourds, traditionally used to carry water and store food, and the Bird’s Nest Gourds, shaped with a narow middle and used to create bird nests. Requires a long warm growing season and are super vigorous growers.
Planting Instructions: If you’re keen to try growing and drying gourds the seed must be planted so that the seedlings are ready to go out as soon as it’s warm enough for main crop corn into a warm sunny place. Pick out the tip of the main leader once it reaches 1 metre and then the laterals will grow and set fruit sooner. Leave the fruit on the plants until the tendrils opposite the fruit dry off. If you make sure the gourds are sitting on a flat surface while growing they will sit flat when dry as well. After harvesting sit them, not touching any other gourds, in a dry airy place until they are completely dry, when you can use them for carving or decorating.