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  • Shishigatani or Toonas Makino Pumpkin
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  • Shishigatani or Toonas Makino Pumpkin
  • Shishigatani or Toonas Makino Squash

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Shishigatani or Toonas Makino Pumpkin (20-35 seeds) (SQ105) $4.00

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Shishigatani or Toonas Makino Pumpkin

         
 
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(C. moschata) 110 days The unique Japanese pumpkin that was developed in the Bunka era of the Edo period (1804-1818). This is one of our rarest and most historic new varieties! The fruit are uniquely shaped, like a bottle gourd and are ribbed and very warty. They are dark green, turning to tan at full maturity. The fine-grained flesh has a delicious nutty flavor. Traditionally believed to keep people from getting paralysis if eaten in the hottest part of summer. Shishigatani pumpkin is a famous vegetable in Kyoto cuisine. Very rare.
 
Shishigatani or Toonas Makino Pumpkin
Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 12
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
TALKING THREADS MEDIA
Location:
Olympia WA, WA, United States
Date:
October 24, 2015
          4.0
 
Follow up to earlier review
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Lovely plants and fruits

What are the cons? Needs longer growing season.

Review:

This squash gave every indication of being prolific -- long vines and LOTS of flowers! Sadly, this variety needs a longer growing season, more heat units, and less cold and/or rain than what occurred in Olympia, WA during the 2015 growing season. Many of the fruits dropped off and rotted. Nothing reached maturity. ~based on its growth habits, however, I suspect it would fare better in a different geographic location. ~easy to grow and no problems with bugs.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

9 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
TALKING THREADS MEDIA
Location:
Olympia WA, WA, United States
Date:
June 30, 2015
          5.0
 
SHISHIGATANI
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Plants are strong & beautiful.

What are the cons? None

Review:

Soil was amended with compost. Seeds were planted May 13, 2015 -- 25 of them germinated. May was fairly chilly - 50's-60's. Growth was slow. June turned hot in Olympia, WA -- 70's, 80's, and a few 90's. These plants love the heat and took off! As of June 30, vines and "tendrils" are starting ~they give every indication of being prolific... The leaves have a beautiful, silvery, type of veining pattern. No bugs. Plants need very little attention. I go out once a week to provide water and do a little weeding. ~will add more compost mid-way through the growing season... ~definitely looking forward to the harvest!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

9 out of 9 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Ava
Location:
Cottonwood, AZ
Date:
December 10, 2014
          5.0
 
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Good Eating.

What are the cons? none

Review:

Easy and fun to grow. Great eating! Dense, rich and moderately sweet. The skin can be a little challenging to remove after baking, but the flavor is worth it. Powered through aphid attacks and powdery mildew without succumbing. Just beautiful to behold. It matured in the field turning from a dark green to bronze (just needs enough time). Fruits were 5 lbs. (smallest) to 19 lbs. (largest)

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

8 out of 8 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Katkeeper
Location:
Lincoln, RI
Date:
August 18, 2014
          4.0
 
Great in ground/NOT containers
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Agressive grower

What are the cons? not a good conatiner plant

Review:

I haven't harvest these yet, but the season is dwindling here in southern New England. I'm growing these in a container this year and in the ground. The container plant took off like wildfire had about 8 squash set...then all died off except 2. I had one extra squash plant (couldn't bring myself to kill it) and planted it between my rows of tomatoes. This monster has about 6 vines totaling near 100 feet and loaded with monster sized squash (bigger than a qt canning jar). I don't know what these taste like yet, but I started them indoors in early May, great germination rate. Then in the ground before Memorial Day. I'm hoping to harvest by the end of September. *Aggressive grower, high yield, withstands Leaf Cutters, Squash Beetles, no squash bugs this year though. Will grow again.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

10 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Nik
Location:
Irvine, CA
Date:
April 10, 2013
          4.0
 
Delicious and tenacious
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Unusual appearance, tasty

What are the cons? Ever-so-slightly stringy

Review:

We grew these last year in a relatively small-sized garden in Southern California, and while they were not as vigorous as our Black Futsu Squash, we did get several lovely squash (despite growing it in a fairly modest container). They were the tastiest variety we've grown - the texture was a little bit stringier than our Black Futsu or Kabocha, but the flavor more than made up for it. Perhaps it was due to growing it in a container, but the plant struggled under full sun - only began setting fruit and vining vigorously when moved to partial shade. If we had just a little bit more land, we'd grow these every year.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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