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Galaxy of Stars

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An exciting Rupp hybrid gourd mixture developed by our retired plant breeder, Duane Bell, in the shape of a 5 point star in many colors that can be mechanically washed. A unique gourd product for table decorations.

Attributes
Item Number
V26042
Maturity (maximum days)
100
Hybrid  
Yes
Treatment   
FarMore FI400, Standard Treatment, Untreated
Rupp Variety  
Yes
Canada
Yes

Growing Tips

Planting

Direct seed in soils that are above 70º F. Plant gourds ½” - 1” deep. For a general rule of thumb plant seed the depth of three times the thickness of the seed. Plant spacing varies depending on fruit size. For small and miniature gourds plant at approximately 5 - 10 sq. ft. per plant. For large gourds plant them at 30 sq. ft. per plant.

Management

Scout fields every 7 days to ensure crop health. Look for insect, weed, and disease pressure. The first three weeks focus on weeds and insect pressure. Then focus on disease pressure. For weed, insect, and disease identification and treatments consult the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide: https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/ID/ID-56-W%202020.pdf or your local extension. Place pollinators in field to ensure maximum fruit set.

Harvest

Harvest when fruit have developed deep vibrant color or when plants start to die down. Clean gourds of dirt, then dip them in a 5% chlorine solution to ensure long shelf life.

Storage

Place gourds in a dry place that will have good air circulation to prevent rotting.