The pumpkin is considered by many gardeners to be the queen of the flowerbed. Not only because of its diversity in size, shape, and color, but also because of its excellent taste, useful qualities, and, as a rule, a pumpkin harvest.
Pumpkin contains high amounts of carotenoids, iron, various vitamins, and minerals. Because it can be stored for a long time, this vegetable keeps us healthy almost all year round.
If you have decided to grow pumpkins on your plot, you must be curious to know how to get the maximum yield from each pumpkin bush.
FOR A BIG HARVEST – HIGH-YIELDING VARIETIES
Before sowing pumpkins, you need to decide what you want to grow them. For raw, cooking, long-term storage, seeds or decorate your garden plot, various crafts, animal feed?
There is a diversity of pumpkin types and varieties, here are examples of the top five.
If you’re looking for a small orange pumpkin for your table, you’ll want to grow “Baby” pumpkins. These types of pumpkins are easily complemented by the “Baby” species, which appear similar in size but bright white.
It is easy to grow a mix of both by purchasing a harvest mix, which will usually contain about twenty-five seeds.
These seeds are fairly low maintenance compared to other pumpkins and can easily be grown in containers on your deck or balcony. Once they appear, you can use them for fall decorations or in a pie like any other.
Best of all, you can hollow them out and use them as bowls filled with applesauce, turkey stuffing, or soup at the Thanksgiving table.
Fall Golden Pumpkins
These pumpkins are prized for their infamous “precious yellow gene,” which means they turn golden weeks earlier than other pumpkins, and by harvest time, you’ll never be left with just green fruit.
At their peak, they turn a lustrous golden-orange color that will be very visible as long as they are on the vine. This variety is an excellent choice for northern climates because it can withstand early frosts, but it has been successful in gardens from Canada to Texas.
For this reason, it is the winner of the “Best Choice in America” award and is highly trusted for its beautiful pumpkin lights and pies. Each vine can be 12-20 feet long and each vine can produce up to 5 pumpkins.
Dill’s Atlantic Giant
If you’re looking to grow the largest, mother of all pumpkins, look no further than Dill’s Atlantic Giant pumpkins. These types of pumpkins can consistently produce 400-500 pounds of pumpkin, with the largest fruit ever produced weighing over a ton at 2009 pounds!
Today, competitive pumpkin growth has risen to an international level, so if you are interested in entering the competition, or even just competing locally, consider this variety.
Keep in mind that this pumpkin growing can be a huge effort as the vines can take up to 1200 square feet and require up to 500 gallons of water per week! In addition, you’ll have to watch out for soil-borne diseases, so be sure to carefully roll them onto cardboard or plywood to keep them safe as they grow.
That said, if the extra labor seems unwelcome, you can always grow a slightly smaller – but still huge pumpkin – with a few tips from the guru, and knock your neighbors’ socks off.
This pumpkin is perfect for pie lovers – but you can also use them to make delicious puddings and custards. Most recipes will only rely on using pumpkin puree instead of canned pumpkin, which often requires sugar pumpkin because of its sweeter flesh.
Pumpkin puree is easy to make by roasting, deseeding and blending, and sugar pumpkins are especially easy to cook because they have much less stringiness and less water content than other varieties of pumpkin. The best fruits will grow a little smaller than traditional jack-o-lantern pumpkins, reaching about 6-8 inches in diameter at their peak.
This makes them a natural choice for backyard gardens, especially since they only need about 1-2 inches of rain per week. In addition, any problems, such as pests or diseases, can be easily solved, making these pumpkins a great choice for beginners.
Jarrahdale pumpkins are native to Australia but thrive in the climates of the southern United States. They are prized for their blue-gray rind, which when cut opens to reveal thick orange flesh. They can also keep longer than other pumpkins and if pickled can last up to a year in your pantry.
However, if you want to use them right away, you can roast them like any other pumpkin, just be prepared to taste something closer to pumpkin than pumpkin pie.
This species can grow anywhere from 6 to 120 pounds, but it is very sensitive to frost, so it’s best to start your seeds in April. They need plenty of room to spread and can’t be brought up on a trellis, so make sure you have plenty of room in your backyard.
Otherwise, they are fairly easy to grow and will produce amazing blue pumpkins, unlike any other variety.
The main condition when choosing a pumpkin variety – do not to be guided by the beautiful color or the size of the fruit. Taste quality does not depend on it. Carefully study the characteristics of the variety.
INCREASE THE GERMINATION AND YIELD OF SEEDLINGS
An interesting thing about pumpkin seeds is that the longer they are stored, the higher their germination rate and yield. In order to improve these indicators in young seeds, the following procedure can be used.
First, wrap the seeds in a dark cloth and heat them in the sun for 5-6 hours. Or at the same time, they are incubated in an oven at a temperature of 68-122°F (20-50°C).
Then, the pumpkin seeds are wrapped in gauze and poured into a water or ash solution at an air temperature of about 77°F (25°C) for 12 hours to swell.
Finally, the seeds were placed in the refrigerator for two days. Such a test increased the germination and yield of fresh seeds many times.