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How can you tell when decorative gourds are ripe?

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When the stem starts to pull away from the gourd they are ripe. Do the twist the stem but cut it as close to the vine as possible with a sharp knife or scissors. When drying do not set on the ground as air needs to be able to move around it to allow
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The shell will become very hard and will feel like wood when you tap it with a fingernail. Here's an article that will help you with your gourds: http://freeplants.com/gourds.htm
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shake them you should hear the seed rattle inside.
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When your gourd has a rind that is tough enough to harvest the gourd should be a light yellow/tannish color all over. When you harvest the gourd poke a few small holes in the neck
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