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CUCURBITA maxima 'Big Max'
Big Max Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Living up to its name, ‘Big Max’ produces large, rounded pumpkins which can exceed 100 pounds (45 kg) and 70 inches (176 cm) in diameter. The fruits have a bright orange rind surrounding thick, orange-yellow flesh which is good for pies. They are ready for harvest approximately 110 to 120 days from sowing.
Pumpkins and winter squash originate from tropical South America and have been long cultivated by Native Americans. Round, orange types such as 'Big Max' are often called pumpkins, though "true" pumpkins belong to the species Cucurbita pepo. The rambling stems of these plants bear large, golden yellow, trumpet shaped blossoms. Both male and female flowers occur on the same plant, and are pollinated by bees. The male flowers appear first, followed by the female flowers which can be recognized by the distinctive, bulbous ovaries at their bases. Following pollination, the female flowers develop into fruits; these are often masked by the plant’s huge, bristly, lobed leaves.
Sow the seeds of winter squash directly in mounds of rich, light, well-drained soil after all danger of frost has passed. Full sun is required for successful flowering and fruiting. To reduce the risk of fungal problems, avoid unnecessary wetting of vine stems and leaves. Monitor closely for leaf bugs and beetles, and for stem borers at the bases of the vines. As fruits mature in autumn, deer, birds and rodents may browse them, so protect as needed. Harvest before heavy frosts when the vines begin to brown and the rind is firm and solid in color. Cut from the vine leaving a short stem, taking care not to cut or bruise the fruits. Store in a cool, dry location, leaving space for air circulation to discourage the spread of mold.
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1'-3' / 0.3m - 0.9m
10'-20' / 3.0m - 6.1m
Green, Light Green
Green, Dark Green
Green, Dark Green, Yellow Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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