Pumpkin Red Warty Thing Seeds

Pumpkin Red Warty Thing Seeds

Cucurbita maxima

Item #0237

110 days. Developed from the 1897 heirloom 'Victor', which spent years in storage at the U.S. Seed Bank. Peculiar looking, but renowned for delicious flavor and fine texture. The bumpy, thick, red-orange skin protects the 10‒20 pound pumpkins, allowing them to store for many months. Whether you carve it or eat it, Red Warty Thing is sure to receive a lot of oohs and ahhs! 1‒2 fruits on 10'‒15' vines.

This packet sows up to 3 mounds.

Days to Emerge:
7-14 days

Seed Depth:
1”

Seed Spacing:
2-3 seeds
per mound

Mound Spacing:
4’-6’

Thinning:
When several leaves
thin to 1-2
per mound


When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost, and when soil temperature is 70°‒90°F

When to start inside: Not recommended except in very short growing seasons, 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost. Sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly in the ground. Transplant after last average frost, when weather is warm and settled.

Harvesting: Harvest pumpkins before the first fall frost, and when foliage has begun to dry out. Cut stem with a knife, leaving 3"–4" of stem on the pumpkin. Do not hold the pumpkin by the stem; if stem attachment gets broken, or any part of the pumpkin bruises, the pumpkin may rot. Brush off any dirt or leaves. Ideally, cure at 80°–85°F and 80‒85% humidity or a warm, sunny spot with good air circulation for 1 to 2 weeks before eating or storage. Do not allow harvested fruit to get wet.

Artist: Carolyn Crawford

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