Cultivated since before recorded history as drinking vessels. Produces attractive green/ tan gourds 12-14'' high and 5'' wide. great for making rattles, bowls, and birdhouses. This long season species survives in our climate due to the long day length in summer. Best started indoors to make use of micro-climates and techniques to maximize warmth. Harvest when gourds whiten and cure in a warm, dry place with space between each gourd until hard.