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CUCURBITA pepo (Large-fruited Mix)

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Ernst Benary® Inc.

Family

Cucurbitaceae

Botanical Name

CUCURBITA pepo( Large-fruited Mix)

Plant Common Name

Large-fruited Mix Gourd, Ornamental Gourd

General Description

Seed mixtures sold under this name yield a crop of large decorative "gourds" in a wide variety of shapes and colors. Numerous cultivars from several species of Cucurbita (including C. pepo) are typically included.

Most "gourd" seed mixtures contain cultivars of Cucurbita pepo, C. moschata, C. maxima, Lagenaria siceraria, and other members of the squash family (the Cucurbitaceae). These warm-season, trailing or climbing annuals have coarse, raspy, lobed leaves and "unisexual" (male or female) flowers. Individual plants usually produce male blossoms first, followed by the fruit-producing, bee-pollinated female flowers, which are distinguished by bulbous ovaries at the bases.

Plant the seeds in full sun and deep, rich, well-drained loam when the soil has warmed and all danger of frost has passed. Time from sowing to harvest is approximately 80 to 100 days, depending on the cultivars in the mix. Regular water is essential, but the plants will not tolerate soggy soil conditions. Where drainage is not optimal, it is advisable to plant them in raised mounds of fertile, porous soil. Train plants on trellises if horizontal garden 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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Vegetable

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Width

    3'-30' / 0.9m - 9.1m (20)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Orange

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow, Green, Orange, Gold, Dark Green, Tan

  • Fruit Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes