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CUCURBITA pepo 'White Crown of Thorns'
Heirloom gourd ‘White Crown of Thorns’ adds soft color and textural interest to fall table arrangements and decorating schemes. The rounded, creamy-white fruits feature five pairs of distinctive, incurving prongs pointing towards the blossom end, which do indeed resemble a thorny crown. Beautiful but inedible, they are ready for harvest approximately 95 days from sowing.
As with many smaller ornamental gourds, ‘White Crown of Thorns’ is a member of the New World species Cucurbita pepo, which also includes true pumpkins and numerous winter and summer squash varieties. These warm season, annual vines are monoecious, meaning single plants bear separate male and female flowers. The large, yellow, 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 squash 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 types 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, Mexico, Central America
Green, Dark Green
Dried Flower/Everlasting, Vine
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