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Gourds: Penultimate Report

The bottle gourd has now reached the top of the giant bird of paradise, maybe 20 feet in the air, and it's now starting down again. It continues to set fruit--a couple of tiny ones in the ionosphere--and many of the older ones continue to get larger. The main vine grows on a combination of plants that includes bougainvillea. The "Winds of Dennis" beat some of the older fruits against bougainvillea spines and scarred them but otherwise did not seem to damage them. About five of the gourds [I counted a total of eight last weekend but saw more, smaller ones today] seem to have reached maturity. They're beginning to yellow and their stems are beginning to turn brown. At the outset, I had figured that these babies would go tapiola in August's hot-soup weather. But then remember that south Florida has a native curcubit, so maybe not.

Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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