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 squash and marrows, sow five to six seeds per basin; thin out the bush varieties to two per station and the trailing varieties to three plants.The trailing types can be trained onto a trellis, with seeds planted 1m apart.
Water well during dry weather and feed with liquid fertilizer every 10 days once the fruits start to swell.
Soil should be rich and well drained.
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.
Pollination may be improved by putting pollen from male flowers into the female ones (female flowers have small fruits behind the flower).
|Common pests and diseases||
Pumpkin fly, aphids. Mildew.
Most varieties should be eaten while young.To test the age and tenderness of a large marrow, push your thumbnail just above the stalk. If the nail slips in easily the marrow is perfect.If it is hard to push the nail in, then the marrow is best discarded.
Five plants should yield enough pumpkins, marrows or squash 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: koo-KER-bih-ta MOSS-kuh-ta
Cucurbita moschata requirements and features
Requires moderate maintenance.