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CUCURBITA pepo 'Winter Luxury'

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Botanical Name

CUCURBITA pepo 'Winter Luxury'

Plant Common Name

Pumpkin, Winter Luxury Pumpkin

General Description

This beautiful heirloom pumpkin has a little something for everyone. The small to medium-sized, round, orange fruits have beautiful netted skin and are just the right size for young children to carve. Its skin is also quite thin, which makes carving a bit easier but reduces keeping longevity. The flesh is some of the sweetest for pies and the thin-hulled seeds are delicious roasted with a bit of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. 'Winter Luxury' was introduced in 1893 by Johnson & Stokes is ready for harvest approximately 100 days from sowing.

Like other true pumpkins, this cultivar is derived from the New World species, Cucurbita pepo. 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 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 types like this may 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 pumpkins before frost when the rinds are firm and fully colored, and the vines have begun to turn brown.


  • 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


  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m (2)

  • Width

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time


  • Native To

    North America, Mexico, Central America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH


  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Gold

  • Fruit Color

    Orange, Tan

  • Fruit Color Modifier


  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Flower Petal Number


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Foliage Texture


  • Foliage Sheen


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Self-Sowing