Growing gourds can be a very exciting and interesting adventure!
Start your gourds inside by planting up to but no more than 2 seeds in a 3″ container or pot. When you are finished potting your seeds-THOROUGHLY soak with water until it flows out the bottom of the pot. After the initial watering, water like you would a normal house plant. Soil for gourd seedlings can be on the dry side but do not let it dry out completely. Keep seedlings in sun. The more sun they receive, the stronger the plant you will have. If they receive less light, you may have thin, less hearty plants. You do not need to fertilize seedlings while they are still inside. Then around June 1st or AFTER THE THREAT OF FROST (this is very important, frost will kill your plants), plant outside in full sun.
Gourd vines will take over fences, trelises, and other plants if left alone.