Winter Squash

Manhattan, MT, United States
January 21, 2019
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


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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