Winter Squash

Nickname:
MTbluebird
Location:
Manhattan, MT, United States
Date:
January 21, 2019
          5.0
 
Pollination tricky worth it
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.5
 

What are the pros? easy to grow, great taste

What are the cons? nothing

Review:

I grew these last summer in Montana, zone 4b. I had trouble in the beginning- none of the baby pumpkins would continue growing after the blossoms fell off, eventually rotting and dying. I did some research and found my male blooms were not pollinating the female flowers, so I did it all by hand- just rubbed some pollen onto my finger and fertilized the female pumpkin flowers with it. Even with a short growing season, made even shorter by not realizing for several weeks that I had to hand-pollinate, I ended up with over 100 pounds of pumpkins from 3 plants and 16 pumpkins. Our first frost was the second week of September, so I brought the greenish ones inside and they continued to ripen. Some pumpkins grew to 11 pounds . Despite the warnings of short shelf life, I just cooked our last pumpkin in January, and the flesh was still fantastic. These will always have a place in my garden. They are beautiful, delicious, and prolific.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

 
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