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( Quaker Pie Pumpkin )
|'Quaker Pie' is an heirloom variety pumpkin introduced in the late 1800's. The fruits are 8 inches across and weigh 10 to 12 pounds, making them quite dense. The skin is creamy white, not the typical orange, which might be what has led this variety to never rise in popularity. Flesh has a tinge of coconut flavor. The vines of this plant are 15-18 feet long, but the leaves are small, making it not impossible for small gardens. The blossoms can be up to 8" long. Small pumpkins are grown for cooking and eating, while the larger sizes are for Jack-o'-lanterns and exhibition. Most Cooperative extension services will be able to tell you which varieties are best for your area. 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.
They are usually ready for harvest 95 to 120 days after planting. 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. Pumpkins enjoy sun, space, good soil and little wind.
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