And they make great indoor or garden décor!
This mix of edible pumpkins consists of the following varieties:
‘Yellow Giants’, ‘Red Etampes’, ‘Jack-O-Lantern’, ‘Potimarron’, ‘Vegetable Spaghetti’, ‘B. Waltham Butternut’, ‘Big Max’, ‘True Green Hubbard’, ‘Large Blue Hubbard’, ‘Small Sugar’, ‘Spookie’, ‘Mammoth Gold’, 'Musquée de Provence' , 'Burgess Buttercup', 'Gold Nugget'.
|Guarantee:||1 year growth and flowering guarantee|
|Harvesting:||September - November|
|Latin name:||Cucurbita 'Gele reuzen' + 'Rode van Etampes' + 'Jack O'lantern' + 'Potimarron' + 'Vegetable Spaghetti' + 'B. Waltham Butternut' + 'Big Max' + 'True Green Hubbard' + 'Hubbard Large Blue' + 'Small Sugar' + 'Spookie' + 'Mammouth Gold' + 'Musquée de Provence' + 'Burgess Buttercup' + 'Gold Nugget'|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
Pumpkin ‘Musquée de Provence’ seeds require no prior treatment although an overnight soak in lukewarm water will encourage germination.
How to Sow
Sow under glass: March - April
Pumpkins love the heat. They can be sown indoors in a mini propagator or the greenhouse in slightly larger pots filled with good potting compost, on trays from March - April. A mix of both is best really and some warmth to the bottom of the propagator or trays is a great help. Plant only one seed per pot at max. 0.5 cm deep. Cover with some potting compost and ensure a light spot for propagator or trays. The seeds will germinate within a week, depending on the temperature. The seeds will germinate well in 20 degrees centigrade, day and night. Do not allow the seedlings to dry out!
Lower the humidity around the seedlings by opening the slides on the propagator (effectively, open the windows in the greenhouse). Do this for an hour longer every day from the time the seedlings are 10 cm tall, they will be used to normal levels of humidity within 5 days. Now is the time to pot them up - fast growers aren't they? Continue to give the seedling plenty of heat for as long as possible - this will really help them to grow!
You could also just use a plant tray covered in plastic foil held up by bamboo prickers for planting your seeds. Just prick holes in the plastic to gain the correct humidity for the seedlings
When all chance of frost is passed, your pumpkin plants can go outdoors. They like their soil fairly moist, so a mix of clay and sand. Plant them in the warmest part of the garden or even in pots on the patio. Do harden off first by slowly acclimatising them. To do this, stand them outdoors in the shade for 1 hour longer every day (out of the sun). Pot them up or plant out after a week - several plants to a pot is fine as long as it is a large pot because these make large plants and need the room. The pots can then stand in a sheltered but sunny spot.
Pumpkin plants make good ground cover as that is their way of growing but fruits directly on soil tend to rot in wet weather. It is therefore a good idea to layer with straw or black gardening plastic between the plants - the plastic even helps to raise the soil temperature which will encourage growth. A plank between rows for laying the fruit works too.
Pumpkins and gourds grow fast and will appreciate Bakker's fertiliser for flowering plants, or Bakker's Tomato fertiliser. They really do need it. Water extra too in periods of drought and keep the bed free of weed. Weed by hand rather than hoeing as pumpkins have surface roots and are easily damaged. All this will help the plants thrive.
Harvest in September - November.
Simply cut your pumpkins and gourds free of the plant with a sharp knife.
A pumpkin plant will also thrive on the compost heap! Cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) belongs to the family of cucumbers (Cucurbitaceae).
Pumpkin plants grow both male and female flowers so it is advisable to grow 2 or 3 plants together. (Bumble) bees will do the rest.
Gourds and pumpkins are synonymous with autumn and Halloween and they really do add atmosphere to the home and garden with their warm colours!
Pumpkin is among the healthiest vegetables and is really good for you! They are full of vitamins (C and E) and minerals (calcium and iron).