Are gourd seeds difficult to germinate?

Question: 

Are gourd seeds difficult to germinate?

Answer: 

Gourd seeds have hard seedcoats.  To hasten germination, soak gourd seeds in water overnight or up to 24 hours.  Gourd seeds can also be nicked along their edge with a file or other device. 

Gourd seeds are typically planted outdoors after the danger of frost is past.  Gourds can also be started indoors.  When starting gourds indoors, sow seeds in peat pots about 3 to 4 weeks before their intended outdoor planting date.  Gourd seedlings should be planted outdoors after the danger of frost is past.  Harden or acclimate the seedlings outdoors for a few days prior to planting. 

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