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Pumpkin 'Conneticut Field'

Cucurbita pepo 'Connecticut Field'

Pumpkin (Eng.), Pampoen (Afr.)

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The Connecticut Field pumpkin is an heirloom variety, the "standard" and "classic" pumpkin, "one of the oldest pumpkins in existence" in the USA. Widely used for autumn decorations, either whole or as jack-o'-lanterns, traditionally associated with American Halloween celebrations. It is also suitable for culinary purposes.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Pumpkins are ready to harvest 3 - 4.5 months (110 - 120 days) after sowing when the skin has hardened and begins to lose its glossy appearance. Cut pumpkins from the vine with pruning shears or a sharp knife, while retaining about 5 cm of stalk.

Propagation

Seed
Direct sow in mounds or hills of soil 30 cm wide, 15-20 cm tall. Sow 4-6 seeds in groups 7 cm apart. Each group should be 1-2 m apart. Cover with 2 cm of fine soil and firm lightly. Germination: 6-10 days. Sowing time in spring.

Special features

Crop rotation
Pumpkins are heavy feeders and need a lot of nutrients, companion plant with beans or legumes to provide food.

Geography

Origin
This heirloom pumpkin of the New England settlers and Indians dates back to the early 1700s
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Edible
The fruit, the seeds, and the flowers are edible and can be eaten raw or cooked. The flesh is sweet, thick and course, good for making pies.

Personality

Family
Cucurbitaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
Mild

Problems

The plants are susceptible to Pumpkin downy mildew. Bacterial leaf spot of squash produced by Xanthomonas campestris bacteria appears on the leaves of pumpkins and squash. To prevent avoid aerial irrigation; use rotation of crops (avoid planting other Cucurbitaceae species); use new seeds at each planting, as the bacteria is transferred through seeds; apply treatments with copper-based fungicides such as Zeama Bordeleza, Funguran, Champ, Curzate Manox. Pests causing a problem are, Red Spider Mite, Thrips and Aphids.

Companion plants

Maize when companion-planted with squash or pumpkin is said to disorient certain insects pests and protect the vining crop. Pumpkins and beans work well together. The nitrogen fixing qualities of the beans are well documented and pumpkin is a heavy nitrogen feeder. Marigold inter-planted with pumpkin helps to deter many pests. Marjoram, Nasturtium, Oregano will also help in pest suppression. The marjoram will provide a ground cover/mulch as well. Nasturtium also repels squash bugs, and striped pumpkin beetles.

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