Deciduous – Sheds Its Leaves Annually
Full Sun – Prefers 6 or more hours of sun per day.
Frost Hardy – Can Handle frost without damage.
Moderate Watering – Requires Regular Watering.
Pruning Required – Needs to be Pruned.
Non Indigenous – Exotic to South Africa.
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.
Water well during dry weather and feed with liquid fertilizer every 10 days once the fruits start to swell.
For pumpkins well-enriched soil with good drainage is best.
Dehusked seeds are a delicious snack and can be added to breads, biscuits, stuffings and stir-fries, and the pulp of the pumpkin, is a great ingredient in roasts, fritters and pies. The flowers are also edible and can be added to dishes as flavouring.
|Interesting planting ideas||
Plant near mealies, beans and radishes. also plant garlic and chives near them, this helps with mildew.
Pumpkins are rampant growers and not ideal for smaller gardens as they take up too much space. Recommended variety: Flat White Boer Ford is medium-sized, drought tolerant.
|Common pests and diseases||
Pumpkin fly, aphids. Mildew.
Five plants should yield enough pumpkins, for a family of five.
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
Cucurbita maxima requirements and features
Requires moderate maintenance.