Pumpkin 'Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck'

Cucurbita moschata

This amazingly-curved 19thC ancestor is popular in Amish communities because of its sweet deep-orange flesh that’s perfect for pies and desserts. A generous cropper, the extended neck boasts ample seedless flesh. Harvest in 19 weeks.

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Pumpkin 'Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck'

Amazingly curved ancestor of the Butternut with the sweetest of flesh. Ideal for cooks as the seeds are all stored down one end, meaning less fuss and more flesh. Harvest in 19 weeks.

How to grow

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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