Back in November, I showed you some of the egg gourds that I bought and cleaned and painted and made into ornaments. I've been patiently waiting for spring so that I could plant my own, but it was a bit heart-wrenching cutting a few gourds open to get at their seeds. I love their shapes. They're so perfect. And of course I picked the most perfect of them to open so that their offspring would be equally well-shaped.
I wasn't even completely sure what I'd find. When I shook
them, there was no sound.
But I wasn't disappointed. Inside each gourd (I opened two), there was a cluster of small pumpkin-seed shaped seeds (surprise!) encased in dried up gourd pulp (surprise!).
I counted about 120 seeds in each packet. Each one measures about 3/8" long x 1/4" at its widest point. Because gourds cross-pollinate, there's no guarantee that these seeds will have egg gourd babies, but I'm hoping they do.
So far, I'm letting them sit on wet paper towels to see how well they germinate.
I read in Gourds in the Garden, an otherwise helpful book, that seeds from gourds that have dried outside in freezing weather won't grow. That doesn't make any sense to me at all. How would plants ever propagate themselves if they had to rely on people to bring them into non-freezing weather? At any rate, since I didn't dry these egg gourds myself, I don't know if that's even an issue here.
I'll let you know!