Re: [gardeners] gourd pollination

donna warren (
Sun, 4 Jul 1999 21:02:42 -0400 (EDT)

At 01:46 PM 7/4/99 -0500, you wrote:
>donna warren wrote:
>> Thanks to George, I have three husky cucuzzi plants.  So strong and
>> aggressive that they have overturned their cage of concrete reinforcing
>> wire, swallowed 6 tomato plants and three compost piles.  Now heading for
>> the woods to challenge the kudzu.
>> Been flowering for weeks now, but no gourds.  Do gourds have both male and
>> female flowers as squash do, or are there male plants and female plants?
>> Mine act all male.
>> Donna, Tennessee
>They have both types of flowers. My lageneria, edible gourds, just produced
>their first fruit big enough to cut and eat yesterday. Takes them awhile as
>they are really hot weather plants for me. If you look real close you can see
>the minature fruits on the female plants. I've been tempted to pollinate with
>a paint brush but see the moths flitting about by night and a few insects by
>day. Don't worry, you'll end up getting all the cucuzzi you can handle
>eventually. Do keep the vines out of the house though as they frighten
>children and pets when they crawl up on them. ;-)