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RE: Gourds: Penultimate Report


Since I have always been a northerner....question!

Since you don't get the freezing weather than kills such type plants off
here, will this continue to grow for you- like forever or till you get tired
of it and rip it out?

Just curious,
Donna

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of james singer
> Sent: Friday, August 05, 2005 3:12 PM
> To: Garden Chat
> Subject: [CHAT] 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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