Pumpkin, MarrowCucurbita pepo and maxima
The marrow is a vigorous climber, botanically in the same group as summer squash. Its peel is harder, however, and it can be stored much longer. A few kinds have been classified as C. pepo (winter squash). The fruits are usually from pale-yellow to orange in colour and can grow very large. There are many records of several hundred kg. Here in the North we have, however, chiefly grown the oblong light yellow forms.
The pumpkin is not quite as heat loving as squash or cucumber but is grown in the same way. Read further under cultivating cucumber plants for advice.
SOWING: Read under summer squash.
SPACING: The pumpkin is a climber and can become very large. Give it ample space!
HARVEST: Harvest before frost harms the fruits. The pumpkin can be stored for several months without the heat treatment given to winter squash (maxima pumpkins excepted). It is used in everything such as soups, casseroles, pies, desserts, marmalade and preserves. Read in our booklet of recipes!
SEEDS: 2 "“ 10 seeds/g according to kind. There are seeds for 5 "“ 10 seedlings in one portion.