Gourds have numerous common names around the country, usually based upon the shape of the gourd and what it could be used for. The tobacco box gourd has a shape that could be cut so that a lid and receptacle would hold tobacco . Plant in spring when soil warms up. Gourds grow extensive vines, so need room to spread and can take 90-130 days or more to mature. Gourds should be left on the vine until the stems are brown. If harvested too soon, they won't dry well. If left too long, frost will soften the fruit and ruin it. If frost is predicted, cut the gourds from the vines and cure them on a rack in a protected area that has good air circulation. Gourds should dry within a month of harvest.