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Comment by Dena Lee on January 28, 2014 at 6:26pm
Thanks for the question, Mike. This is my first year growing. I have left some on the vine through the winter on the trellis. They are drying nicely and are already useable. Some I let dry on the ground in the field. They have dried well. However, vermin seem to bother them. Others, I picked cutting about a 2-4 cm stem. Some of these rotted and others dried already. The thicker ones are still drying an doing well. If you have a wet climate, rotting is a problem. But if you can cut them and place them in a cool dry area where they don't touch each other, you'll have success. Where are you located? Also, contact with your local gourd society is helpful. As for seeds, I harvest when the gourd is dry. Some of my plants came from seeds from previous gourds I purchased.
Comment by Michael Futreal on January 28, 2014 at 3:34pm

I'm sure Dena may have some good information on the subject.

Additionally, here's a good book that has availed me much in my own gourd growing

www.amazon.com/Gourds-Your-Garden-Guidebook-Gardener/dp/0965869156

Comment by mike lewin on January 27, 2014 at 5:01pm

hi - i want to grow these too !  do you let them ripen on the plant then harvest then remove seeds etc?  mine have rotted in the past and not dried to a hard shell.  any tips would be gratefully received . mike /UK

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