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Red Warty Thing Pumpkin Seeds

Cucurbita maxima

5.00 (1 reviews)
  • HOW TO GROW
  • FAST FACTS
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Gardeners with short growing seasons may want to start their pumpkin seeds indoors a month before the last expected frost. Since pumpkins do not take well to transplanting, peat pots are the best option. Plant two seeds per pot, later clipping off the weaker seedling. Harden the seedlings by exposing them to the weather for several hours at a time during the week before transplanting. About a week after the last frost or when the soil temperature reaches an average of 60 degrees F, plant the seedlings in very rich soil 8-10' apart in rows 10-12' apart. Another option is to plant the seedlings in hills of two, 8-10' apart. To direct sow, plant the seeds a week after frost 1/2" deep, 3-4' apart and thin to 8-10' apart. For companion planting benefits, plant pumpkins along with corn but avoid planting them with potatoes.

Growing: Since pumpkin seedlings do not tolerate frost, provide protective coverings if cold weather threatens. Keep the soil moist at all times, but avoid getting the leaves wet as this can cause diseases such as rot or mildew. When the vines begin to develop, a layer of mulch will help conserve moisture and control weeds; mulch also will keep the pumpkins clean and protect them from too much soil contact. By midsummer, pinch off all the blooms to concentrate the plant's energy on the developing pumpkins.

Harvesting: Pumpkins can be harvested as soon as the stem begins to dry and the skin becomes too hard to pierce with a fingernail. Because cold weather can damage pumpkins, they should be harvested before the first frost. Cut the stem with a sharp knife, leaving a 2-3" length." Do not carry the pumpkin by the stem; if the stem breaks off, use it as soon as possible, since this causes the pumpkin to deteriorate quickly. Cure the pumpkins in the sun or a dry location until the stem shrivels; do not wash pumpkins you intend to store. If kept in a 45-50 degrees F location with moderate humidity, most pumpkins will last for up to 5 months. Red Warty Thing is an exceptionally good keeper and should last far into the winter.

Seed Saving: By the time the pumpkin has been cured, the seeds are mature. Cut the pumpkin open, remove the pulp and seeds, and rinse off the pulp. Put the mixture in a bowl of water to remove the remaining pulp; the good seeds will sink. Remove the good seeds and spread them out to dry for 2-3 weeks, stirring them at times to make sure they dry completely. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place for up to 4 years.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Cucurbita maxima

Type: Open Pollinated, Warm Season

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Seeds per Ounce: 100

Planting Method: Direct Sow

Height: 20 Inches

5.00
Global Rating: 5.00 from 1 reviews
Red Warty Thing Pumpkin Seeds 5.0

Review By GrowninMN

Scrumptious!

I can't say enough about this pumpkin/squash. It produced well, insects didn't seem to bother it, and it keeps SUPER WELL! The flesh was thick and dark orange. My favorite thing about "Red Warty Thing" is the taste~it makes wonderful pies and sweet quick breads. I cooked them up, scooped out the flesh, lightly puree'd and froze. Wonderful taste and versatile.

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1/4 Oz Mylar (7.09g) $6.00 -+
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The flesh of the Red Warty Thing has good eating quality, but this variety is also valued for its decorative qualities! Bright orange fruits weigh up to 20 lbs, and keep well into the winter, if they are kept from freezing. Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between watering. Matures in about 110 days. Plant is attractive to bees, butterflies, and/or birds.
Red Warty Thing developed from a cross between an ordinary pumpkin and a red hubbard squash. Though its red, bumpy skin makes it a perfect choice for decoration, this pumpkin also has sweet, stringless flesh that makes excellent pies.

HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Gardeners with short growing seasons may want to start their pumpkin seeds indoors a month before the last expected frost. Since pumpkins do not take well to transplanting, peat pots are the best option. Plant two seeds per pot, later clipping off the weaker seedling. Harden the seedlings by exposing them to the weather for several hours at a time during the week before transplanting. About a week after the last frost or when the soil temperature reaches an average of 60 degrees F, plant the seedlings in very rich soil 8-10' apart in rows 10-12' apart. Another option is to plant the seedlings in hills of two, 8-10' apart. To direct sow, plant the seeds a week after frost 1/2" deep, 3-4' apart and thin to 8-10' apart. For companion planting benefits, plant pumpkins along with corn but avoid planting them with potatoes.

Growing: Since pumpkin seedlings do not tolerate frost, provide protective coverings if cold weather threatens. Keep the soil moist at all times, but avoid getting the leaves wet as this can cause diseases such as rot or mildew. When the vines begin to develop, a layer of mulch will help conserve moisture and control weeds; mulch also will keep the pumpkins clean and protect them from too much soil contact. By midsummer, pinch off all the blooms to concentrate the plant's energy on the developing pumpkins.

Harvesting: Pumpkins can be harvested as soon as the stem begins to dry and the skin becomes too hard to pierce with a fingernail. Because cold weather can damage pumpkins, they should be harvested before the first frost. Cut the stem with a sharp knife, leaving a 2-3" length." Do not carry the pumpkin by the stem; if the stem breaks off, use it as soon as possible, since this causes the pumpkin to deteriorate quickly. Cure the pumpkins in the sun or a dry location until the stem shrivels; do not wash pumpkins you intend to store. If kept in a 45-50 degrees F location with moderate humidity, most pumpkins will last for up to 5 months. Red Warty Thing is an exceptionally good keeper and should last far into the winter.

Seed Saving: By the time the pumpkin has been cured, the seeds are mature. Cut the pumpkin open, remove the pulp and seeds, and rinse off the pulp. Put the mixture in a bowl of water to remove the remaining pulp; the good seeds will sink. Remove the good seeds and spread them out to dry for 2-3 weeks, stirring them at times to make sure they dry completely. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place for up to 4 years.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Cucurbita maxima

Type: Open Pollinated, Warm Season

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Seeds per Ounce: 100

Planting Method: Direct Sow

Height: 20 Inches

Reviews

5.00
Global Rating: 5.00 from 1 reviews
Red Warty Thing Pumpkin Seeds 5.0

Review By GrowninMN

Scrumptious!

I can't say enough about this pumpkin/squash. It produced well, insects didn't seem to bother it, and it keeps SUPER WELL! The flesh was thick and dark orange. My favorite thing about "Red Warty Thing" is the taste~it makes wonderful pies and sweet quick breads. I cooked them up, scooped out the flesh, lightly puree'd and froze. Wonderful taste and versatile.

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