How to Save Ornamental gourd (Lagenaria siceria) Seeds
Seed Saving Guide #2713
Binomial name: Lagenaria siceria
|Flower Type||Monoecious (male and female flowers on the same plant), self-compatible|
|Other Isolation Methods||Hand pollination.|
|Population Required for Viable Seeds||1|
|Population Required to Maintain Variety||5-10|
|When to Harvest||When gourds are hard; mature seeds are hard and tan or brown.|
|How to Harvest||
Cut individual gourds from the vine. Seeds can be scooped out of fresh goards or removed from dried gourds by cutting a small hole in the gourd and tipping out the seeds.
|How to Clean||
Rinse fresh seeds thoroughly to remove remaining flesh and spread on a plate to dry.
|Image of Seeds|
Flowers open in the late afternoon; if hand pollinating, seal flowers to be pollinated in the early morning and pollinate them the following evening.
What is Seed Saving?
Seed saving is the practice of collecting and storing mature seeds from open-pollinated plants. By allowing plants to reach full maturity and harvesting the seeds, they can be cleaned, dried, and stored for future use.