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Gourds for sale scroll down:Did you have a gourd with a shape that you just loved? You saved the seeds and tried to grow that gourd again, and it grew to be a different shape?  Have you purchased seeds for egg gourds and ended up with a shape that was not egg?  Now it can be fun to get different shapes and odd gourds, but if you really want egg gourds, you want egg gourds.How the seed is pollinated, the year prior makes it more or less likely you will get the gourd shape you are trying to grow.Pollination Methods Mother Nature:  Bees and insects go flower to flower, yard to yard, and pollinate gourds (and more), which often will cross varieties. Ornamental gourds are the ones with yellow flowers that open during the day. Bees usually do a good job pollinating them. Hard shell gourds have white flowers which open during the evening, but the yield is less because there are not as many night pollinators.Hand Pollination:  This method is better and you are more likely to get a gourd. It increases production of gourds, especially the hard shell varieties, when compared with Mother Nature. However, insects still have access to the flower before or after you do, which can still cause cross-pollination of gourd varieties. You will not know this until you grow the seed in the next year.Isolation and Hand pollination: This method is the most reliable to get genetically pure seeds.  The female and male flowers are isolated with a bag or other method, then when they are both open the male flower is picked and is used to pollinate the female. The female flower is then re-isolated until the flower falls off, so that Mother Nature does not have access to the flowers at any point during the pollination time.  Now even with this being said, there is still a chance that the gourd may not grow to be what we want. If the original seed was crossed before this planting then it may revert to one of the shapes that it was crossed with. But this chance will lessen with each generation. Therefore, the odds are much better with this method and you are much more likely to get the gourd shape that you wanted to grow.  Our Seeds are all grown in this method unless otherwise noted,  We do not purchase any seeds from 3rd party growers. 

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