Are Gourd Seeds Difficult To Germinate?
Isn’t it funny how different seeds have their own special needs when it comes to growing? These needs start from a plant's beginning as seeds. When it comes to gourd seeds, they can require a bit of extra help to get going. Because of their hard seed coats, it can be difficult to germinate if the right conditions are not met—gourd seeds like lots of water to get going. Soaking your seeds can help trigger the right conditions to start germination.
How To Germinate Gourd Seeds
Soak your gourd seeds overnight (room temperature water) to speed up germination.
Completely soak a paper towel and place it at the bottom of your container.
Drain your soaked seeds and wrap them in your wet paper towel.
Cover the container and put in a warm location. Or, place your seeds wrapped in a wet paper towel inside a baggie. Keep them warm on a heating pad until germination takes place.
You should see your results in 4-6 days.
Follow all other planting directions specific to your variety following germination to grow healthy gourds from seed.
If you’ve never tried growing your own gourds you are in luck, we have a great selection for you to choose from. Gourds can be a great tool to learn the basics of germination and growing your favorite produce from seed, your kids will love it too. Use your gourd harvest for fun fall crafts yourself, or with your kids. Getting your favorite gourds to grow doesn’t have to be difficult. To help you have a great experience we have made this easy printable guide for access to these step by step instructions on how to germinate gourd seeds.
About the Author
I'm Ashleigh Smith, a native to Northern Utah. I first gained a love of gardening with my grandmother as I helped her each summer. I decided to make a career of it and have recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Brigham Young University - Idaho. My studies have focused on plant production while I also have experience in Nursery & Garden Center Operations.
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