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by Triss on December 29, 2005 08:47 AM
Well I know that some of us are starting to think about gardening again, even in the middle of winter. I am one of them.

I want to start a few wonder egg seeds.

I am putting together a greenhouse of sorts with a mason jar and 3 peat pots. Planning on covering it with plastic wrap and starting 2 seeds in each peat pot.

My plan is to keep it here on my desk until the seeds sprout and then I am not sure where they will go. With any luck, by the time I have to think about moving them, I will have an indoor seed starting greenhouse going.

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by plants 'n pots on December 29, 2005 08:55 AM
Good luck, Triss! Sounds like a plan! [thumb]

Can you believe that all the eggs on my plants are still yellow/orange and have not turn brown or shriveled yet? [dunno] I don't want to take the seeds yet, because I'm not sure they are ready, but I've also not seen the plant go this long either. There are only a few green leaves left on them - very odd. [nutz] I guess if they don't turn brown by spring I'll take the seeds then.

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by Triss on December 29, 2005 09:10 AM
That is a long time for the plant to stay going. As long as it does not stink, I'd keep it as well. I really hope mine do well. I was following a bit when everyone was growing them last year and saw the varied success. So I only used about 1/3 of the seeds I have and can try more later.

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by plants 'n pots on December 29, 2005 09:26 AM
If you need more, I still have a bit, Triss. [thumb]

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by Triss on December 29, 2005 09:32 AM
Will let you know. I was going through my seeds and I have all kind of stuff I did not remember. Hope I can find room for it all.

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by Triss on January 09, 2006 01:14 AM
Update: Was just looking at the wonder egg peat pots. I see a small root coming out of the bottom of one of the peat pots. I cannot see anything out of the top yet, but I am sure it is a matter of time now.

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by Oui on January 09, 2006 04:19 AM
What is a "wonder egg??" anybody have a picture?
by Triss on January 09, 2006 05:14 AM
Take a look here Oui
Wonder Egg Original Topic

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by plants 'n pots on January 09, 2006 05:33 AM
Triss - you go girl!!! [Big Grin] [thumb]

It did seem to take forever for mine to germinate last spring. Hope you're getting a good head start on this! [clappy]

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by Triss on January 09, 2006 05:46 AM
I hope so too Lynne. I did save half my seeds in case these do not work. I am planning on starting them in a couple of weeks so they are offset by a few weeks.

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by weezie13 on January 09, 2006 07:08 AM
My four plants all died...
Too cold in my back room for them...

They were alot of fun..but did take forever
to "get going"....... I told you, I had planted several seeds, and out of the four plants that I got, all were planted at the same exact time...
Just all sprouted in four different intervals..

So, don't give up on the sprouting process..
and give up and throw them out, they may just
suprise you....

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by weezie13 on January 09, 2006 07:12 AM
Here's my picture,
It's not all that great of a picture..
but I wanted to show the sizes of all 4 plants.
****all planted at the same time..
****all with different sprouting times.....
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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by weezie13 on January 09, 2006 07:19 AM
I went back and looked..
I got the seeds, March 30th..
*I think I actually got my started around
April 26th or something like that...*

So, the picture posted above..says 8/05/05...
That means that little one on the end, had just
sprouted about a week or two before that picture..

It took from April something to July something
to finally sprout...that's 3 months.....

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by Triss on January 09, 2006 07:40 AM
That is a long time. I will be sure and give them plenty of time. I was just really excited to see a root. I planted these 6 seeds in 3 peat pots on December 28th.

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by plants 'n pots on January 09, 2006 08:13 AM
wow Weezie - what a difference in all the pots!

My one pot that I had added new seeds to last summer is hanging in there. Still has an assorment of colored eggs in it, and a few green leaves on the newer plants, but not much. I'll see if I can get a picture when I go down to make dinner.

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by plants 'n pots on January 09, 2006 10:17 AM
Ok - just took this picture. This pot is in one of the coldest rooms in the house - about 60 degrees.

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Weezie - notice the gourds drying next to it?
How are yours doing?

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by Triss on January 09, 2006 11:21 AM
WOW Lynne, thos ealmost look like oranges. Did you grow the gourds as well? What are you planning on doing with them. I think I have a couple of gourd seed varieties in my stash.

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by weezie13 on January 09, 2006 11:26 AM
quote:
Weezie - notice the gourds drying next to it?
How are yours doing?

[Embarrassed] [lala] [Roll Eyes] [Eek!] [Eek!] [Eek!] [tears]

That plant looks very cool Lynne...

Have you read any info anywhe'res how long to leave them hanging on the plant?

Or what they feel like when finally ripe?
*egg hard or soft or what??*

And is that the final color of the egg???

I am too experimently, I'd of pulled one of those
eggs off already, just to see what's what..

Please keep us posted....

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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by Oui on January 09, 2006 10:05 PM
Can you eat that "friut" that is growing on there?
by plants 'n pots on January 10, 2006 01:00 AM
My past experience with this plant, was that the eggs turned brown, hard, and wrinkly, and then that was time to harvest the seeds. I've never had the "eggs" stay round and in bright color for so long - it's very strange! I think I'll let them go another month or so before removing them.

Triss - this was my first experience with growing birdhouse gourds. After the vine grew to the second story of our house, I ended up with about 5 smallish gourds. Two of them rotted pretty quickly, the other 3 are still drying. I had hoped to make birdhouses out of them, but I don't think they are big enough?

Oui - we have had discussions on whether they are edible here on the forums last summer. I had read that they were not, others feel that they are. For safety's sake, I've decided not to try.

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by Triss on January 10, 2006 01:07 AM
Obviously you have the perfect place for that plant Lynne for it to be doing so well for so long.

Your gourd looked like an ok size for a birdhouse. Did you ahve to poke holes in them to speed the drying? Or just let them sit? How long do they take to dry?

I have Egg Gourd seeds. Have to look those up today and see what they do.

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by plants 'n pots on January 10, 2006 02:19 AM
Triss - I didn't poke any holes in the gourds - just left them in this room by the window which also has a baseboard heater underneath. I'm not sure how rotten the inside will be when I finally open one. If all looks good inside, would you like some of the seeds? They germinated extrememly quickly - I think a day or so if I'm not mistaken!

I'm not familiar with Egg Gourds - have you found anything out about them yet?

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by Triss on January 10, 2006 02:44 AM
I have not even looked. Will do that today. I'd love some seeds. I don't have any idea where I could plant them to get them to climb but a challenge is always a good thing!

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by Triss on January 10, 2006 02:50 AM
Apparently this is what they look like when they are all grown up.
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One of the pics I saw of them growing were on a smallish trellis.

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by plants 'n pots on January 10, 2006 02:51 AM
I forgot to mention, that I started the seeds indoors in the end of March - probably too early as they were climbing all over the shelf! They do need room to run, but I did not mind them growing up the evergreen tree that is outside the kids' windows. I think I brought them in late fall, and they have been drying since. It's probably time to open one and see!

I googled images of your egg gourd - looks very cute and they showed ornaments made from them!

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by Triss on January 10, 2006 02:54 AM
Yep, they look like a lot of fun. The sites I saw said that the gourd is ready if you can hear the seeds rattling inside.

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by plants 'n pots on January 10, 2006 03:55 AM
Thanks for that reminder, Triss! [thumb] [kissies]

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by RobinB66 on March 03, 2006 01:58 PM
I orderd some from burgess! They are edible! And neat too! I have eaten them and burgess states clearly in there magazine that they are edible! If they weren't Burgess would be pushing there luck addying them as edible plus I'm stil here! Although its ben so long ago that I had the plant that I've forgotten what they taste like! Later RobinB!!

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