Hardiness Zones 3 - 9
Soil pH 6.0 to 7.0
Germination 7 to 14 Days
100 to 110 days to Maturity
10 to 15 Ft. Vines
Spacing 4 to 6 Ft. in Mounds
Color: Red Orange
Weight 10 to 20 lbs
Red warty pumpkin was cross bred from a common pumpkin cultivar and Red Hubbard squash. Its warted and freaky looking skin is its stand out characteristic as it makes for interesting fall decor. It is also edible with sweet stringless flesh that lends itself well to baking - pumpkin pies and desserts.
It has been known to produce extremely large vines, but does not yield prolifically. Expect about 3 pumpkins per plant. What it lacks in yield it compensates for in flavor and storage life. The hull is very hard in comparison to other squash and pumpkins but the flesh is sweet and stringless. When harvested be sure to leave the stem intact so as to extend its shelf life.
Direct seeding pumpkins is not recommended in areas with short growing seasons. Pumpkins need at least three months of frost free, warm weather. If you live in a cool climate, start pumpkins indoors.
Pumpkins have a high water content and need to be kept well watered they are not drought tolerant. Keep the pumpkins evenly moist and water deeply during dry spells. To prevent mildew, water pumpkin plants at their base, avoid watering the pumpkin foliage, as this will minimize the occurrence of opportunistic fungal infestations.