We are hard at work to organize a page which will help you find information about gourds -- what are they and how do you grow, harvest, store, clean and craft them. These is a section on how to exhibit in gourd shows and some tips on what judges are looking for. We have included both general information and some commonly asked questions below. If you have a question not answered here, please email.
What are gourds?
There are three main types of gourds: the cucurbita or ornamentals, the lagenaria or hardshell, and the luffa or vegetable sponge.Growing
(Information Source: Show bulletin of the Ohio Gourd Society.)
- The cucurbita or ornamentals are the familiar colorful gourds of fall arrangements. The vines produce large orange-colored blossoms and bloom in the daytime. Some of the many kinds of ornamentals are crown of thorns, pear, orange, egg, spoon, and warties.Use this chart to help identify the types of ornamental gourds.
- The lagenaria or hardshells are usually larger gourds, and the vines produce white blossoms which bloom at night. Lagenaria are green when growing on the vine, and have thick, hard shells when dry. Once dried, they're used for many types of craft work. Some varieties of hardshells are dipper, bushel, bottle, birdhouse, and maranka. Use this chart to help identify the types of hardshell gourds.
- Luffas, unlike other gourds, have an easily removed outer shell, and are important for their tough, fibrous interior, which are commonly used as sponges. The yellow flowered vines bloom during the day. More about luffas...