Pumpkin 'Lakota'

Cucurbita maxima

Shouldn’t all good-eating pumpkins be this decorative? An heirloom that pre-dates the colonisation of Lakota Sioux Indians. The flesh has a lovely nutty flavour to match its beauty. Harvest 5 x 2-5kg fruits per plant.

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Pumpkin 'Lakota'

Shouldn't all good eating pumpkins also be decorative? These bright orange pear-shaped pumpkins have striking dark green markings and sweet 2-5kg fruits, not too big for table displays and ideal for storage. An heirloom that pre-dates the colonisation of Lakota Sioux Indians. 5 fruit/plant.

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Pumpkins are the easiest of the curcubits to grow, they are big feeders, so dig in plenty of well rotted manure where they are to grow. They germinate easily in warm soil, gardeners in cooler areas can start their seedlings in pots in a warm spot and plant out after risk of frost has passed. Pumpkins need plenty of water as they grow, mulch well to conserve moisture and eliminate weeds. Harvest pumpkins when the stalk attaching it to the vine turns woody and corky. Cut (not tear) the stalk from the plant. Never lift the pumpkin by this 'handle' as if it breaks off the pumpkin will go mouldy within days.

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