Before heavy frost, cut stems about 1″ from the fruit when stem is drying and skin is hardening. Handle fruits very carefully.
Curing: To dry and toughen skins
expose fruits to the sun for 5-7 days covering at night when frost is expected. To cure indoor, expose gourds to 80-90F (27-32 C) with ventilation for 3-5 days.
Store at 50-55F (10-13 C) with 50-75% humidity and good air circulation . Allow lagenaria gourds to dry thoroughly before sanding, carving, etc.