Pumpkin 'Queensland Blue'
Originating in Queensland and growing well in the sub-tropics, this pumpkin is not fussy and will grow successfully around much of Australia. Similar in colour to 'Jarrahdale' but with drier flesh, deeper ribbing and larger fruit. A true Aussie heirloom.
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.