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.
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
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.
Plant indoors roughly 3-4 weeks before last the final frost date in your region. Soil temperatures for germination should be around 70 degrees F or better. This plant does not transplant well, so it is advisable to use biodegradable peat pots for seed starting that can be placed directly into the soil without disturbing the root system.
Transplant outdoors in the spring after a brief hardening off period, when the temperature is suitable and all danger of frost has passed.
Pumpkins are heavy feeders. They need fertile, aerated soil that is 70 to 90 degrees F. Work compost or well-rotted manure into the soil. The ideal Soil pH for Red Warty is 6.0 to 7.0, but they will grow on soils with a pH of up to 8.0.