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Q.One of my gourd plants has no tendrils!?!

Zone 45177 | Mommaof3 added on August 30, 2018 | Answered

I am growing other gourds from my old ones from last year. Well I decided to get a couple more for variety and bought a mix gourd seeds packet. From that pack one of the plants that grew is growing little round green gourds but there are no tendrils anywhere on this plant! I keep having to tie it up myself but I don’t know how well it’s working. What would cause this!?!

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Answered on August 31, 2018

This is more than likely just a genetic mutation from overbreeding, or breeding with a nearby melon such as some cantaloupe, which may or may not have tendrils.

There will be nothing that you can do to force these to grow. You may have to see if you can coax them to wind around a trellis by forcing them every time you look at them.

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