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CUCURBITA pepo 'Autumn Gold'
Autumn Gold Pumpkin, Pumpkin
A 1987 All American Selection Winner, ‘Autumn Gold’ is a vigorous pumpkin with an upright to rounded classic pumpkin shape. Its golden orange fruits are shallowly ribbed and ideal for Jack-o-lanterns, and the golden-yellow flesh is sweet and good for pies. They ripen approximately 90 days from sowing.
True pumpkins, including ‘Autumn Gold’ are members of the New World species Cucurbita pepo. These warm season, annual vines are monoecious, meaning single plants bear separate male and female flowers. These are large, yellow and funnel shaped. Male blossoms are generally produced first, followed by the fruit-producing female flowers, which are distinguished by bulbous ovaries at the bases. Following pollination by bees, these develop into fruits, which are often obscured by the plant’s large, coarse, heart-shaped or deeply lobed foliage.
Plant pumpkin seeds in full sun and deep, rich, well-drained loam when the soil has warmed and all danger of frost has passed. Regular water is essential, but the plants will not tolerate soggy conditions or wet feet. Where drainage is not optimal, it is advisable to plant them in raised mounds of fertile, porous soil. Vining varieties such as ‘Autumn Gold’ can be trellised if space is limited. Watch closely for squash bugs, cucumber beetles and vine borers at the base of the stems. Yearly crop rotation and removal of dead plant debris at the end of the growing season can help to minimize insect and disease problems. Harvest fruit before frost when the rinds are hard and fully colored, and the vines have begun to turn brown.
12 - 1
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m (2)
3'-30' / 0.9m - 9.1m (20)
North America, Central America, South America
Yellow, Orange, Dark Green
Green, Dark Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Vine
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