Pumpkin ideal for Halloween and for carving. Shiny orange skin and smooth and firm. Average weight: 4.5kg (10lbs). Fine-textured flesh: perfect for pumpkin pie! Beginning in late summer, remove any flowers or new fruit that develops, to increase the growth of fruit that has already formed. Harvest when fully ripe. Cut the pumpkin, leaving part of the stem on the fruit to act as a handle.
Flavor : Sweet and semi-sweet taste
Preparation Ideas : Can be used for pies, but even better used for Halloween decorations.
Seed Type : Open Pollination
Latin name : Cucurbita pepo
Sow a few seeds on a hill 9 to 12 inches high and 1 foot in diameter. Choose an area with full sun once all danger of frost has passed. Thin out up to 3 plants per hill about 2.5cm (1") high. When the vines are 10cm (3") high, thin out so that one plant, the strongest, remains on each hill. Use a heavy organic mulch to control weeds. After harvest, let stand in the garden for a few days until the skin hardens, then store in a cool, dry place.
Seeding depth: 2.5cm (1")
Space between plants: 60 to 90cm (24 to 36")
Space between rows: 1.5 to 1.8m (5 to 6')
Beginning in late summer, remove flowers or new fruit to promote the growth of already formed fruit.