Crown of Thorns Ornamental Gourd


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Shenot Crown of Thorns Gourd is a striking gourd, reminiscent of the woven crown of thorns in the New Testament. These fascinating star-shaped gourds grow finger-like spiky edges that all curve toward the blossom-end. Shenot Crown of Thorns gourds can grow in shades of white, orange, yellow, dark-green, and light-green, often with stripes and bi-colors. Not only are Crown of Thorns gourds eye-catching, but they are also hardy and vigorous growers. Use these neat gourds to add a touch of whimsy and history to your harvest displays centerpieces, and festive decorations.

Also Known As: Crown of Thorns Gourd, Star Gourd, Ten Commandments Gourd, Thorned Gourd, Horned Gourd, Spiny Gourd, Crown Gourd, Starfish Gourd, Corona Gourd, Sunburst Gourd, Decorative Gourds, Autumn Gourds, Harvest Gourds.

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Plant Name:
Gourd, Shenot Crown of Thorns
Latin Name:
Curcubita pepo
Days to Germinate: 7-14
Days to Harvest: 100
Germination Rate: 80%
Test Date: 5/24
Growth Habit: Vining
USDA Zones: 3-11
Lifespan: Annual
Brand: TomorrowSeeds
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Heirloom, Open-Pollinated
Fungicide-Treated Seeds*: No
Seeds Packed For**: 2025

*Fungicide-treated seeds protect the seedlings from diseases until they are up and growing. Do not eat treated seeds.
**Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.

Planting Instructions:


Soil Preparation:

To prepare soil, remove weeds, large rocks, and litter from the planting area. Leave small weeds and dead grass, they will enrich the soil when turned under. Spade the soil 8-12 inches deep and turn each shovel of soil over completely to cover the plant materials with soil. You may add fertilizer (see "Fertilizing" below) or 2-3 inches of organic material such as compost, leaves, or rotted hay over the planting area at this point. Till to mix this organic material into the top 8-10 inches of soil. Make rows of soil beds 4-6 inches high and at least 3 feet apart. This formation of ridges will help with drainage.


Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed and the soil is warm. To plant, make 1 inch deep holes spaced 4 feet apart in raised beds down the rows, then plant 1-2 seeds in each hole. Cover thinly with soil and water after planting. After the seeds come up and plants are 3-4 inches tall, thin to 3 plants per hill. Gourds will grow on vines which can then be trained over a trellis or sprawl on the ground.

Planting Depth: 1 inch
Within-Row Spacing:
4 feet
Between-Row Spacing:
8 feet (can trellis or sprawl)


Care During the Season:

Watering: Water the plants enough to keep them from wilting. If the weather is really dry, squash plants should be watered at least once a week. Sandy soils need to be watered more often than heavy clay soils.

Weeding: Keep plants as weed-free as possible. When plowing or hoeing do not dig deeper than 1 inch to prevent from cutting the feeder rooters which may slow the plant's growth.

Fertilizing: You may optionally add scatter 2-3 pounds of a complete fertilizer for each 100 square feet of garden area. Work into the soil and leave the surface smooth. For small gardens, use 2-3 tablespoons of fertilizer for each hill. Scatter the fertilizer evenly over a 2 foot by 2 foot area. work it into the top 2-3 inches of soil. When blooms first appear, you may optionally apply 2 tablespoons of fertilizer around each hill. Do not let fertilizer touch the plants. Water the plants after fertilizing.

Insecticides: Insecticides may be used to protect plants. Bt-based insecticides and sulfur are organic options that can be used for prevention. Sulfur also has fungicidal properties and helps in controlling many diseases. Larvae of the Squash vine borer are usually found inside the stem and cannot be controlled once they are inside the stem. Sevin® and Thiodan® can control for squash bugs. Pyrethrin and rotenone can control for the cucumber beetle. Before using a pesticide, read the label and always follow cautions, warnings and directions.

Diseases: Check the plants daily and if spots or mold appear, treat the plant with an approved fungicide. Neem oil, sulfur, and other fungicides may be used. Please always follow label directions.


Harvest gourds for ornamental use when they reach full-size, the stem start to dry and brown, and the skin becomes hard. Use clippers to cut gourds from the vine, leaving at least 2 inches of stem. Disinfect gourds by gently washing in mild detergent and rinsing thoroughly, or wiping with household disinfectant or rubbing alcohol. Allow gourds to dry and cure for at least 7 days. When fully dried, coat gourds in paste wax or dip in shellac and hang by the stems to preserve.