Pumpkin, Small Sugar

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Geography/History:

Pumpkin refers to certain cultivars of squash, most commonly those of Cucurbita pepo, that are round, with smooth, slightly ribbed skin and deep yellow to orange coloration. The thick shell contains the seeds and pulp. Some exceptionally large cultivars of squash with similar appearance have also been derived from Cucurbita maxima. Specific cultivars of winter squash derived from other species, including C. argyrosperma, and C. moschata, are also sometimes called “pumpkin”. In New Zealand and Australian English, the term “pumpkin” generally refers to the broader category called winter squash elsewhere.

Pumpkins, like other squash, are native to North America. Pumpkins are widely grown for commercial use, and are used both in food and recreation.Pumpkin pie, for instance, is a traditional part of Thanksgiving meals in the United States, although commercially canned pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie fillings are usually made from different kinds of winter squash than the pumpkins frequently carved as jack o’lanterns for decoration aroundHalloween.

Nutritional Value:
This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

Sun:                             Full

Spacing:                     48”
Height:                        12” to 18”
Optimum Soil Ph:    6.5 to 7.0
Days To Maturity:    48
Sowing Method:       Outdoors

Planting/Growing Tips:

Most pumpkins, even the smaller heirloom pumpkins like Small Sugar, need a lot of room to grow.  Plant in hills to allow for the most space once the soil warms to 65-70°.  Plant 3-6 seeds per hill and later thin them back to the strongest 3 seedlings. Pumpkins, especially some of these heirloom pumpkins like the Mammoth Gold, can get really big with a lot of manure.  If you want to grow a giant don’t hold back!

 

 

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