svalli

What should I do with snake gourds?

svalli
14 years ago

I usually read hot pepper and tomato forums and found this one when looking for info about snake gourds.

I planted pumpkins, snake and swan gourds on one area of our yard. Only two pumpkins germinated and rest of the plants were gourds. The pumpkins got SVB and wilted and now whole area and also our strawberry rows are covered by gourd vines.

The gourds have been blooming, but so far I had noticed only the white male flowers. Yesterday I noticed this big pale green "thing" under the leaves. It is over 4" thick and must be 2' long an it is curved. There may be more of them under the leaves, if I start looking.

Can we eat the gourds or should I let them grow and try to cure them? I bought the seed packets, because they had pictures of the painted gourds on the front and our son liked them. Since we do not get any pumpkins this year, these may make good fall time craft projects.

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