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2 Birdhouse Gourd Live Plant 4-6" Tall 4" Pot Lagenaria siceraria

2 Birdhouse Gourd Live Plant 4-6" Tall 4" Pot Lagenaria siceraria

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Birdhouse gourd, also known as bottle gourd or calabash (Lagenaria siceraria), is a vining plant that produces large, hard-shelled gourds that can be dried and hollowed out to create birdhouses or other decorative crafts. Here is a brief description of birdhouse gourds, including growing information and decorating ideas:

  • Zones: Birdhouse gourds grow best in USDA plant hardiness zones 8 to 11, which includes most of the southern United States. They can also be grown as annuals in cooler climates.

  • Planting: Birdhouse gourd plants prefer full sun and well-draining soil. They can be started from seed indoors in early spring or sown directly in the garden after the last frost date. The plants need support for their vines to climb, so trellises or other structures should be provided.

  • Decorating: Once the gourds have matured and turned brown, they can be harvested and dried for several months until they are hard and lightweight. To make a birdhouse, cut a hole in the gourd for an entrance and scoop out the seeds and pulp. The gourd can be painted or decorated with non-toxic materials to make it more attractive to birds. It's important to make sure the birdhouse has proper ventilation and drainage holes to keep birds safe and dry.

  • Other uses: Birdhouse gourds can also be used for a variety of other crafts, such as making bowls, utensils, or musical instruments. The dried gourds can be carved, painted, or wood-burned to create unique designs.

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