Space the squash seeds 80 cm apart. Space the rows at a distance of 80 cm. Plant at a depth of 0.5 to 1 cm. Plant the vegetable seeds in a nice spot in partial shade or full sun. After sowing, water the seeds adequately. The vegetable seeds come in a bag containing approximately 2.5 grams. This is enough to sow 7 square metres.
|Latin name:||Cucurbita moschata 'Musquée de Provence'|
|Guarantee:||1 year growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Harvesting:||September - November|
Pumpkin ‘Musquée de Provence’ seeds require no prior treatment although an overnight soak in lukewarm water will encourage germination.
How to Sow
Sow March-April under glass.
Pumpkin ‘Musquée de Provence’ `is a real heat lover and can be sown indoors or in a greenhouse from mid-March. You can also use a mini greenhouse, some fairly large turf pots filled with good potting compost, or just in a simple potting tray. A combination of seedling plugs and a mini greenhouse makes it very easy. Best is, if you can somehow heat your mini greenhouse from below. The seeds will germinate, no problem, if you can guarantee a temperature of at least 20 °C (day and night). Do not allow the seedlings to dry out! Plant one seed per pot - poke it into the compost to a max. 0.5 cm deep with the end of a pencil and cover with potting compost. Stand your mini greenhouse prominently on the windowsill.
The seeds will germinate within the week, somewhat depending on the temperature. A few days after germination, alter the humidity in the greenhouse by sliding open the vents. Once the seedlings reach a height of 10 cm they must become acclimatised. To do this, remove the mini greenhouse lid for one hour on day one, then 2 hours on day 2 etc. After five days, they will be used to normal humidity and they can be potted up to larger pots. This will be necessary sooner than you think as this pumpkin is a fast grower! Allow the young plants to enjoy 20 °C for as long as possible to encourage good growth.
If you do not have a mini greenhouse, a simple seed tray covered with plastic held up with bamboo sticks will suffice. Just prick holes in the plastic to vary the humidity and allow acclimatisation.
When all chance of frost is gone and night temperatures are above 15°C, preferably 18°C, the Pumpkin ‘Musquée de Provence’ plants can go outdoors, or into the greenhouse. Pumpkin ‘Musquée de Provence’ plants prefer well fertilised, moisture retaining clay or sandy soil so choose the warmest spot in your garden. A pot on the patio would be fine too.
Do harden them off by allowing them to acclimatise to outdoor temperatures by leaving them outdoors for an hour longer every day (out of the sun). After a week you can repot them into larger pots. Several per pot is fine. Then place the pots in a warm and sheltered position in full sun.
‘Musquée de Provence’ pumpkins have a creeping habit. If any fruits end up growing directly on the ground they are liable to rot so have some straw or black plastic handy to lie under the plants. Black plastic is also handy for warming up the soil, allowing the plant to grow quicker. A plank also helps to keep the fruit from touching soil. It is preferable to lead the shoots upwards as with gherkins if the variety is small enough (up to 1.5 kg) and allows for this. Use large holed chicken wire on a sturdy frame for this. Support the fruits in nets attached to the chicken wire.
Pumpkin ‘Musquée de Provence’ grows fast and gives good results from a fertiliser like Bakker's fertiliser for flowering plants, or Bakker's Tomato Fertiliser. They really need it too! Give extra water in periods of drought. Keep the bed weed free – pull them out instead of using a hoe, to prevent root damage to your pumpkins. This will help them grow well.
Harvest from September to November.
Harvesting is easy - just simply cut the pumpkin loose with a sharp knife.
Pumpkin ‘Musquée de Provence’ will grow wonderfully well on top of the compost heap in your kitchen garden.
Cucurbita maxima (pumpkin) belongs to the cucumber family (Cucurbitaceae). Pumpkin plants produce both male and female flowers and we recommend planting 2 or 3 plants at the same time to encourage pollination. (Bumble) bees will do the rest.
Marrows and pumpkins are associated with autumn. In the late 1800s Halloween was turned into a celebration - which is why we celebrate Halloween today. The pumpkins are carved out as lanterns and are great for decorating the house with their warm colours!
Pumpkin is really good for you and is full of vitamins C and E, minerals (calcium, iron) and antioxidants (carotene). They are rich in fibre and low in calories!