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Cucurbita maxima, moschata, or pepo
( Autumn Gold Pumpkin )
|'Autumn Gold' has relatively small orange fruit, not approaching the size of the enormous record-breakers. Pumpkins are tender annuals with vines that reach up to 20 feet.
Male and female flowers can reach up to 8 inches long and often grow on the same vine. Pumpkins require a long growing season, so cooler areas will do better with smaller varieties. Plant seed 2 or 3 weeks after the last average frost date. They will tolerate partial sun and require high organic matter and well drained soil. Go easy on the fertilizer as you will end up with all vine. Plant 6 to 8 seeds in each inverted hill. Hills should be 12 inches across and about 6 feet apart.
When plants have 4 to six true leaves, thin to one strong plant, cutting the other seedlings down to the ground as not to disturb root Keep pumpkins well watered. They are usually ready for harvest 95 to 120 days after planting. systems. Pumpkins can stay on the vine for a long time, but harvest them before the first hard frost as they will get mushy. Pumpkins require too much space to be grown in containers.
Important Info : The first pumpkin pies were made by pouring milk into a pumpkin which was then baked.
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