Used in ancient times as containers and food dishes. This ornamental variety is great for decorations. The bright and colorful gourds brighten up your Halloween, Thanksgiving and other fall displays. 90 - 100 days to harvest, best time is right after the first fall frost. Trellis to save space. To dry the gourds, clean them with a solution of water and a disinfectant or bleach. Place gourds on a screen or a board, making sure that they do not touch each other. Store them in a cool, well ventilated area, and gently move them each day or two. Wipe off any moisture that is on them. Moisture is natural, as they are perspiring off the water content. They are okay unless they develop a soft spot. If a soft spot is found, discard it. Your gourds are dry when the seeds rattle inside. The gourd will be very lightweight- - and fragile. Growing instructions Start seed indoors 4-5 weeks before last frost in pots, or sow directly into the garden after danger of serious frost has passed. Cover seeds with 1/8 inch of fine soil. 7 to 10 day germination time. Keep soil moderately moist during germination (not soggy). Transplant indoor started seedlings after hardening off and danger of serious frost has passed. Space plants 4-6 feet apart.