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Cucurbita maxima

Pumpkin

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsAugust & July
  • Height0.6m to 2m
  • Spread0.6m to 2m
  • Growth HabitSemi-trailing
  • Flower ColourYellow, orange, red, green
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Cucurbita maxima (Pumpkin). This species has long-running stems and kidney-shaped leaves. The fruit is large and smooth with a soft corky texture. This species has many varieties with very hard blue-grey or orange skins, including the gigantic show pumpkins.

Characteristics

Annual, Vegetable or Climber

Other common names

Gourd, Squash gourd

Origin

South America

Interest and use

Ornamental, climbing, vegetable, food

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.5 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

This crop has an minimum optimum growing temperature of 20C and a maximum optimum growing temperature of 30C. It may need staking. Harvesting may start in mid autumn. You will need to keep the fruits off the ground with straw when growing; this will prevent rotting.

Propagation

In warm climates sow seeds from early spring to late summer; in cold climates sow indoors in early summer. Grow as for courgettes.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch for slugs.

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