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CUCURBITA pepo 'Wolf'
The long, vigorous vines of 'Wolf' bear medium-sized pumpkins with exceptionally thick "handles." Wolf pumpkins are also notable for their thick flesh and rich deep-orange color. The round, moderately ribbed fruits weigh from 15 to 25 pounds (7 to 11 kg) when ripe. This variety grows from seed to harvest in about 120 days. It was developed by Chris Awald of North Collins, New York.
Like other true pumpkins, ‘Wolf’ is a member of 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 squash and 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. 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.
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2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
8'-14' / 2.4m - 4.3m
North America, Mexico, Central America
Yellow, Gold, Dark Green
Green, Dark Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Vine
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