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Botanical Name: Cucurbita maxima
Common Name(s): Pumpkins
Categories: Fruits and Vegetables
Pumpkins, squash, marrows and courgettes (baby marrows) all fall into the same group of easy-to grow,warm-season crops.
Botanical Pronunciation: kew-KUR-bit-uh MACKS-ih-muh
Common Pests and Diseases
Pumpkin fly, aphids. Mildew.
Pumpkins are rampant growers and not ideal for smaller gardens as they take up too much space. Recommended variety: â€˜Flat White Boer Fordâ€™ is medium-sized, drought tolerant.
Water well during dry weather and feed with liquid fertilizer every 10 days once the fruits start to swell.
North and South America.
For pumpkins, plant six to eight seeds 20mm deep in soil basins 300mm in diameter and 2m apart; well-enriched soil with good drainage is best.
For pumpkins well-enriched soil with good drainage is best.
Five plants should yield enough pumpkins, for a family of five.