This gourd grows a handle 2 to 5 feet long with a bulbed end that can be carved out to form a bowl for a dipper. Grow on a trellis for longer, straighter handles. Dipper Gourds can grow on trellis (straight gourds) or on the ground (various shapes). Green in color and great for crafts! Approximately 120 days to maturity.
Notes: A hard gourd is a hollow, dried shell of a fruit in the Cucurbit family. The shell of the gourd, when dried, has a wooden appearance. Gourd "wood" is basically cellulose that has no grain, varying in thickness from paper-thin to well over an inch.
The hard outer shell lends the gourd to a wide variety of creative appeals, including carving, musical instruments, flower arrangements, toys, water carriers, ladles, ornaments, wood-burning (pyrography), and much more.