Cucuzzi Gourd

Lagenaria siceraria

Massive vines that will climb anything and everything.

AKA Cucuzza, Serpent of Sicily. A very fun variety to grow if you have the space. This Italian gourd can be used like a zucchini when very young and tender. Gourds will reach 48" long, but are best for eating they are between 12-18" long, and the skin is pale green and a bit fuzzy. The vines are massive, reaching 20 feet in length easily, and will over take any space. Great to grow on a sturdy trellis, arbor, or fence. This species has beautiful, delicate white evening blooming flowers making it a great candidate for ornamental landscaping. 1-2 plants is more than enough for a single household. To use the gourds, eat only when young. Peel the skin before using. Not recommended for eating raw.

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Direct sow after frost, or start indoors 2-3 weeks earlier. Transplant in hills spaced 6' apart, or in rows 36" apart. Plants can grow 20' or more, so give plenty of space to take over. Great if kept to arbors or fence lines away from the garden. Vines are very aggressive, but can be cut back if they begin to overtake other plants. Mulch early to help suppress weeds. Harvest young fruits often. Fruit left on the vine also become massive gourd, about 4-feet long and 6-8 inches in diameter.

Days to Germination 5 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 70 days
Planting Depth ½ inch
Spacing in Row 36 inches
Spacing Between Rows 60 inches
Height at Maturity 10 to 20 feet
Width at Maturity 5-20 feet, depending on trellis
Sun Preference Full Sun

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