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Pumpkin
Cucurbita spp.
Sow after frost in spring; in tropical areas sow all year. Pumpkins need a good-sized area, grow them on a fence if space is limited. Sow seed 2.5 cm deep, directly into hills of compost, 1 metre apart, into warm soil. Pinching out the growing tip or leader on a pumpkin plant will divert energy and nutrients to the lateral growth or side branches. This stops the vine from sprawling and taking over your garden; it also encourages fruit formation. When the plant is about 1.5 metres long, pinch 2 cm off the very end. The growth tip or apical meristem is the site of growth hormone production; removing the tip stops suppression of the lateral branches' growth. This results in a less sprawling plant with more fruit. Incorporate plenty of well-rotted animal manure before planting. Harvest Pumpkins when fully coloured and the stem is brown. Pick with a stem 6 cm long and dry in the sun before storing.
Pumpkin 'Australian Butter'
Cucurbita maxima
Pumpkin 'Australian Butter' is a rare Australian heirloom pumpkin; fruit weighs up to 7 kg with tan-coloured skin and deep orange, dense flesh. It is excellent for baking, has a great flavour and keeps well. Days to harvest: 100.
SP178 approx. 10 seeds
SP247
Pumpkin 'Galeux D'Eysines' H
Cucurbita maxima
'Galeux D'Eysines' is an elegant French heirloom. A large pumpkin, 5-6kg, with salmon-pink coloured skin covered with peanut shell-like warts caused by sugar in the skin, as it ripens. The flesh is sweet, moist, orange and used for baking and soups; stores for up to 6 months. Days to harvest: 95 -100.
SP242 approx. 10 seeds
SP243
Pumpkin 'Buttercup' H Organically certified
Cucurbita moschata
'Buttercup' is a kabocha type, dark green Pumpkin with a grey "button" on the blossom end. The medium-sized 2 - 3 kg fruits have deep orange, dense, stringless flesh with a rich, sweet, nutty flavour. Generally 10 - 12 pumpkins are produced per vine. Days to harvest: 90.
SP180 approx. 20 seeds
SP240
Pumpkin 'Golden Nugget' Organically certified
Cucurbita maxima
'Golden Nugget' is a compact, bush Pumpkin variety developed in the USA as a replacement for sweet potatoes in cold climates. It is ideal for small gardens and containers. The fruit is small, round, 12 cm diameter, weighing 600 - 900g with a hard, bright orange skin. The orange flesh is dense and sweet. It stores well. The plants produce 5 to 8 fruit per bush. Days to harvest: 75 - 95.
SP117 approx. 20 seeds
SP118
Pumpkin 'Jack Be Little' Organically certified
Cucurbita maxima
'Jack Be Little' is a very decorative, miniature Pumpkin that is also edible with sweet flavoured flesh. The fruit is small, 5 cm high and 7.5 cm in diameter, weighing 85 - 115g with a bright orange skin. It stores well. Compact vines spread 3 - 4.5m, producing up to 20 edible fruits. Kids love these easy-to-grow ‘baby’ Pumpkins, that fit into the palm of your hand.
SP223 approx. 12 seeds
SP224
Pumpkin 'Jarrahdale' Organically certified
Cucurbita maxima
'Jarrahdale' is a West Australian heirloom Pumpkin. It has ribbed, drum-shaped fruits, weighing 3-5 kg with a slate-gray skin and thick, deep orange flesh. The seed cavity is small and the fruit peels easily. Its fruit has a rich flavour, no wateriness and stores well. It produces 1 - 2 pumpkins per vine. Pumpkins need a good-sized area, grow them on a fence if space is limited. Days to harvest: 100.
SP221 approx. 12 seeds
SP222
Pumpkin 'Kent' H
Cucurbita moschata
syn. 'Jap'
'Kent' pumpkin has bright yellow flesh and a grey-green mottled skin. This pumpkin does particularly well in hot areas of Australia. It has an excellent flavour and stores well. Fruit weighs approx. 2 kg. Usually 2 - 4 pumpkins are produced per vine. Days to harvest: 100.
SP236 approx. 20 seeds
SP237
Pumpkin 'Marina di Chioggia' H
Cucurbita maxima
Very old, Italian heirloom with a unique thick, knobbly grey-green skin and sweet rich deep yellow-orange flesh; approx. 2 kg in size. Great for baking or soup. Excellent keeper. Days to harvest: 100 - 105.
SP149 approx. 15 seeds
SP171
Pumpkin 'Musquee de Provence'
Cucurbita moschata
syn. 'Muscade de Provence', 'Muscat de Provence'
This large 'fairy tale' pumpkin is an heirloom variety from southern France, it is heavily lobed and ribbed. The skin is a beautiful, rich russet brown when ripe. The flesh is a vibrant deep orange with a very fine flavour. It weighs up to 9 kg. Days to harvest: 100 - 110.
SP167 approx. 15 seeds
SP168
Pumpkin 'Queensland Blue' H
Cucurbita maxima
A well-known Australian variety familiar for its smooth blue-grey skin, ribbing and deep orange flesh. It keeps very well, up to 6 months and is medium sized 3 - 4.5 kg. Days to harvest:101 to 110 days.
SP217 approx. 20 seeds
SP218
Pumpkin 'Red Kuri' Organically certified

Cucurbita maxima
syn. 'Baby Red Hubbard', 'Uchiki Kuri'
A Japanese teardrop-shaped, high-yielding variety. It has bright red-orange skin and yellow-orange, fine grained, dry flesh that is sweet and rich with a nutty flavour; weighs 2 - 3 kg and stores well.
SP121 approx. 20 seeds

SP122
Pumpkin 'Waltham Butternut' H Organically certified
Cucurbita moschata
Bell-shaped fruits 20-25 cm long, weighing 1-1.5 kg, with a light tan, thin skin and dark orange, sweet flesh. Excellent quality and flavour, stores well. Days to harvest: 111 to 120 days.
SP115 approx. 20 seeds
SP131

SP132
Q. Why don't my pumpkin, squash or zucchini set fruit?
A. The most obvious problem can be lack of bees. Many gardeners find they need to hand pollinate. To encourage a visit by bees, avoid using overhead sprinklers and any form of insecticide. Bees also do not like windy conditions.

There are a range of other factors that influence pollination and successful fruit set:
  • too much rich nitrogen fertiliser will cause leaf growth at the expense of flowering,
  • too high a summer temperature will do the same,
  • being stung by Cucumber fruit fly can cause tiny fruit to drop off the vine,
  • moisture stress will do the same, and
  • lack of calcium or boron will also cause young fruit to yellow and drop off.
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Asian and Tropical Vegetables For Hot Wet Summers
If you are challenged by pest and disease problems in your vegetable garden during hot, humid summers, don’t give up! Green Harvest offers a range of vegetables, grown around the world in subtropical and tropical areas, that we have found to be hardy and reliable to the weather extremes of high temperature and humidity experienced in the ‘wet season’. As a general rule sow these vegetables from October through to March, to replace more temperate varieties. Seeds suitable for subtropical and tropical conditions are marked H for hot and humid!

Part of the problem is gardening books written by authors from cooler areas neglecting to give good advice on plant selection for northern areas of Australia. We recommend the books The Seed Savers Handbook or Organic Vegetable Gardening for the best information on subtropical vegetables.

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