Gourd - Shenot Crown of Thorns
Approximately 8-20 seeds per gram.
A very interesting gourd that resembles a small crown. Vines can grow to 1.2-2.4 m (6-8’) long and produce many beautiful gourds of varying colors including orange, white, yellow, lime-green and dark-green, and they can be striped or bi-colored as well.
Gourds are best harvested when the stems dry and turn brown. Try to harvest before a frost. This is a soft-skinned gourd that can be easily damaged by frost. To dry your gourds, they should be cleaned by wiping then with alcohol which will ensure the surface dries completely. Place the clean gourds in a dark, well-ventilated area for about a week. If any gourds show signs of decay or soft spots, remove them immediately. Do not allow other fruit to touch. After about a week, the outer skin of the gourd should be well dried. The second process is to cure the gourds and this can take about a month. Providing a warm environment will help the curing process and discourage decay. Keep in a dark, well-ventilated area. Check your gourds often and turn them so that your gourds will dry evenly. When you can hear the seeds rattle inside, your gourd is cured and ready for painting. Use acrylic paints on gourds.