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Gourd Seeds

Gourd seeds produce a fascinating array of plants, with fruits of various sizes and shapes - used as food or as ornamentals when dried. These vining plants prefer warm, sunny conditions, with soil that drains well. They are usually trained to climb up trellises, much like cucumbers. Gourds are mostly grown as annuals, known for their vigorous vines and interestingly shaped fruits. Many of them are used as containers, washing sponges, and for other interesting uses.

Survival Garden Seeds offers several gourd seeds for sale, including the natural sponge-producing luffa seeds and dipper gourd seeds. Chosen for their high germination properties, they produce unique forms.

Growing Gourd Seeds in Your Garden

  • Interesting fruit shapes
  • Thrives in warm and sunny locations
  • Non-GMO, heirloom seeds
  • Vertical gardening and ornamental displays


Gourds are a part of the Cucurbitaceae family, together with squashes and cucumbers. They’ve been cultivated for their decorative appeal for a long time, and many can also be grown as edible vegetables. Gourd seeds can yield a wide range of sizes, colors, and shapes of fruits. They are used in cooking, or as bowls and sponges when dried, when you grow luffa plants from loofah gourd seeds. They grow well in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 13, requiring a long, warm growing season for full development.


Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks early for a head start on growth, or plant gourd seeds directly outside when the soil is warm in late spring or early summer. Sow them 1 inch deep in hills or rows. Provide them with a sturdy trellis or other support for climbing. Space the plants as indicated on your seed packet. Depending on soil temperature and moisture, gourd seeds will typically germinate within a week or two. Some varieties also benefit from scarification or clipping the tail end to encourage germination.


Gourd plants will require a regular watering schedule. Especially during dry days, they need moisture to support rapid growth and large fruit development. To keep the water from evaporating, mulch heavily around the plant, which will suppress the annoying weeds as well. Training the vines on a trellis can prevent fruit rot, and save you space in the garden. Check regularly for pests and diseases. Gourds are susceptible to the same issues as cucumbers and squash.

Try your hand at growing these fulfilling, unusual plants yourself and learn all the benefits of gourds for your homestead. Survival Garden Seeds' gourd seeds provide the start of a new adventure for you and your family.

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