Gourd plants will continue to need watering if the hot dry summery weather continues. The gourds will not be be ready to harvest until late Autumn, when the leaves die off, so resist the temptation to pick your biggest gourds and start the drying process. Although the gourds may not continue to grow bigger, their shells will be gradually thickening and strengthening.

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Young gourd fruit supported by an apple tree

Gourd supported on firewood pile

Ripening gourd fruit