Butternut Pumpkin Growing Guide
approx a week
Harvest: when fruit stalks are withered and brittle, after the vine has died.
Allow skin to harden in the sun for a few days before storing.
Fruits can be stored for months in cool, airy place.
- well drained & rich. Compost well before planting. Pumpkins are greedy feeders.
- sow 1/2 inch deep; 3-4 seeds per group. (Trim down to 2 strongest seedlings later.)
- seeds are best planted in ground
- sunny & sheltered
- 90 cm apart
- Seedlings: emerge 6-10 days. Keep moist.
- when plant 2-3inches tall, thin to 2-3 plants. Snip off unwanted plants without disturbing roots.
- pinch out growing tips at 5-6 leaf stage. Will encourage side shoot growth.
- might have to feed fortnightly in summer
- thirsty, lots of water. Water deeply once a week (esp during fruit set)
- Add mulch around pumpkins to keep moisture, suppress weeds, discourage pests
- after a few pumpkins are formed, pinch off fuzzy ends of each vine to discourage vine growth; focus energy on fruit.
- turn fruit as it develops – CAREFULLY – to encourage even shape
- slip thin board or plastic mesh under pumpkins to prevent rot
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Enemy – potato
Progress of Our Butternut Pumpkin