All Gourds are members of the Cucubitaceae family, and the name Gourd is widely used to describe the fruits of many very different crops such as cucumbers, melons, luffas and squash, but particularly it refers to the hard dried shell of the genera Lagenaria. All gourds under this category produce edible fruits.
Gourds are vigorous annual tropical vines and are cultivated in the same way as cucumbers and pumpkins. Ideally, the provision of a support will yield better crops.
Gourd seeds need warmth to germinate and may be sown year round in tropical climates. In cold frosty districts, sow gourd seeds indoors in spring and plant out after all danger of frost is over and soil temperatures have warmed up. If temperatures fall below 21C seeds may fail to sprout, so keep them warm at all times.
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