I Love Lagenaria siceraria aka Birdhouse Gourd

Jan 1, 2021 | Love This!

Name:  Lagenaria siceraria aka bottle gourd, calabash or birdhouse gourd

Type of Plant: An annual vine that produces gourds that can be made into bird houses, bottles or art.

Why I Love/Hate this plant: This is a fun plant to grow. It’s a fast-growing vine that can climb 6 to 10 feet up an arbor or trellis, and produce dozens of gourds that are decorative and useful.

A Word to the Wise: This plant is best grown from seed. Plant the seeds once the night time temperatures are reliably above 50 degrees f. because this is a heat-loving plant. Provide strings or other support for the first two feet of growth if your trellis or arbor is higher.

These gourds are beautiful on the arbor.

By August the seed-grown gourds will cover a 7 to 8 foot structure with ease.

Why limit yourself to flowers on an arbor when you could have these lovely gourds?


  1. Sallie Strecker

    I was wondering if you ladies would do a segment on Carnivorous plants? Or if you have already done a podcast on this what episode#?
    I have recently become fascinated by these incredible plants and would love to learn more.

    • CL Fornari

      Thanks for reaching out, Sallie! We have done some episodes about carnivorous plants – the main one is this: https://www.plantrama.com/fertilizing-carnivorous-plants-and-dealing-with-deer/

      And BTW, we have a search function on our website so if you’re wondering if we have talked about a particular topic, look for the magnifying glass symbol and type in what you’re looking for. Let us know if there is some aspect of carnivorous plants we didn’t touch on that you’d like to know about!


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