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CUCURBITA pepo 'Bicolor Pear'
Bicolor Pear Gourd, Ornamental Gourd
An heirloom, ‘Bicolor Pear’ produces lots of small, pear-shaped gourds which are deep green on the bottom, contrasting with brilliant yellow tops. The hard-shelled fruits are perfect for crafts and fall display, and are ready for harvest approximately 110 days from sowing.
This small gourd is a member of the New World species Cucurbita pepo, which also includes true pumpkins and many winter and summer squash varieties. These warm season, annual vines are monoecious, meaning single plants bear separate male and female flowers. The large, yellow, funnel shaped male blossoms are generally produced first, followed by the fruit-producing female flowers, which are distinguished by bulbous ovaries at the bases. Following pollination by bees, these develop into fruits, which are often obscured by the plant’s large, coarse, heart-shaped or deeply lobed foliage.
Plant squash seeds in full sun and deep, rich, well-drained loam when the soil has warmed and all danger of frost has passed. Regular water is essential, but the plants will not tolerate soggy conditions or wet feet. Where drainage is not optimal, it is advisable to plant them in raised mounds of fertile, porous soil. Vining types can be trellised if space is limited. Watch closely for squash bugs, cucumber beetles and vine borers at the base of the stems. Yearly crop rotation and removal of dead plant debris at the end of the growing season can help to minimize insect and disease problems. Harvest fruit before frost when the rinds are hard and fully colored, and the vines have begun to turn brown.
12 - 1
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m (2)
3'-30' / 0.9m - 9.1m (20)
North America, Mexico, Central America
Yellow, Orange, Dark Green
Yellow, Dark Green
Green, Dark Green
Dried Flower/Everlasting, Vine
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