The Whangaparoa Crown Pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima) is a popular heirloom variety, thin grey skin and deep orange flesh, making it ideal for roasting, with the added bonus of excellent storing properties.
How To Grow:
Sow 12mm deep direct in final position when soil has warmed up.
Sow seeds in clumps of 2 seeds, spacing each clump 60cm apart.
Soil should not be over fertilised to avoid excessive leaf growth. Keep well watered.
When young plants have 5 or 6 leaves pinch out their growing tips to encourage side shoots.
Seedlings emerge 6-10 days.
When To Plant:
South Island: Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
North Island: Jan, Feb, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Harvest: 16-18 weeks
Quantity: 10 seeds