Bule Gourd is an heirloom, open-pollinated gourd variety that works great for making bowls and other crafts. Pronounced “boo-lay” and originating from France, this gourd variety produces solid yields of round to apple-shaped gourds. Bule Gourds average 6-8″ in diameter or about the size of a volleyball. Plants are resistant to downy mildew with vigorous vines reaching 15-35′ long. Bule Gourds have a bumpy or warty exterior that makes a beautiful texture once dried. Fruits are pale green on the vine and dry to a chestnut brown color. The shell is thicker than most gourds which makes them durable for many years.
Gourds may be direct seeded or transplanted, although we highly recommend direct seeding. To ensure a good stand, we recommend planting seeds every 12″ along the intended row. Once plants emerge, thin plants to one every 2 feet. Gourds can be susceptible to plant diseases like downy mildew and powdery mildew if leaves receive excess moisture. As a result, we recommend using drip irrigation on winter squash to reduce plant moisture and feed plants more effectively. During periods of heavy rainfall, using a fungicide like Liquid Copper can help to alleviate disease pressure as well.
Gourds are a crop that will produce a one-time harvest at the end of the growing season. They should be harvested when plants die back and the fruits obtain their full color. Stem hardness is also an indication of fruit maturity. Once stems harden, fruits are ready for harvest using a set of pruning shears. Once gourds are harvested, remove the plants from the garden to prevent any fungal spores from overwintering and becoming a problem in future years. Proper crop rotation is extremely important with all gourd varieties to reduce disease and pest pressure.
Bule Gourd Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/2″
Seed Spacing: 18-24″
Row Spacing: 5-6′
Days to Maturity: 125
Disease Resistance: Downy Mildew