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Post  drixnot on 5/22/2013, 2:24 am

So I got this bright idea that I would like to grow some birdhouse gourds BEFORE finding out how big they get. affraid Right now the plant is small enough to transplant and I do have a spot with enough space above ground... but how much space do I need for its root system?

Anyone have a clue?
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Post  llama momma on 5/22/2013, 5:00 am

I've never seen birdhouse gourds discussed on the forum, you may have to search elsewhere for answers. Good Luck!
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Post  camprn on 5/22/2013, 6:40 am

I think Josh grew them a while back. Drix, what did the seed package recommend?

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Post  ilvalleygal on 5/22/2013, 9:40 am

I grew them once years ago and I don't remember if they needed any more root space than any other squash or gourd. But, NEVER AGAIN. They climbed up and in and all over a very mature (now gone) arbor vitae and were ready to climb all over some utility wires before I started hacking and pulling and chopping them down as best as I could.

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Post  Pollinator on 5/22/2013, 10:27 am

@ilvalleygal wrote:I grew them once years ago and I don't remember if they needed any more root space than any other squash or gourd. But, NEVER AGAIN. They climbed up and in and all over a very mature (now gone) arbor vitae and were ready to climb all over some utility wires before I started hacking and pulling and chopping them down as best as I could.

I'll second that. The roots aren't all that space-demanding, but the vines are like kudzu. Be sure you have PLENTY of trellis space.
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Post  drixnot on 5/22/2013, 11:07 pm

Well I have this old claw foot bath tub in the corner and there is about 20 feet of fence in one direction and 5 in another with plenty of room on the other side of the short fence.

Oh what the heck.... I'm going for it. If I have, to I can put on a fedora and grab a machete!
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Post  boffer on 5/22/2013, 11:13 pm

@drixnot wrote:...Oh what the heck.... I'm going for it. If I have, to I can put on a fedora and grab a machete!

YES! cheers
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