Gourds have been used to make purple martin houses for centuries. Native Americans used to hang them to attract martins to their settlements to help control insects.
The Martin House gourd has a flat bottom end and a tapered top, like a giant Hershey Kiss. They are 16" tall and 12" across. Dries well and holds up outdoors if cured properly.
These Gourds also make fine homes for other varieties of birds, including bluebirds, swallows, chickadees, wrens, woodpeckers, great crested flycatchers, titmice, screech owls, kestrels and nuthatches.
Each bird has its own requirements for habitat, entrance-hole size and cavity dimensions.
Vines will easily exceed 30 feet in length, so plan on providing room to grow.
Remove fruits to one per vine will produce 1 monster.
Leave a few, you will get more fruits, but smaller.
Phosphorus and Potassium are important. Add them if you need to. Sulfur too. Leaves love sulfur.
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