Here is the Musquee de Provence Pumpkin Cucurbita moschata. It is also known as the Fairytale pumpkin. This French heirloom is deeply ribbed with an orange umber colored skin and bright orange color inside and are a flattened type pumpkin. This pumpkin dates back to 1899 and is a highly sought after variety in France. They can get to 18 inches wide and weigh as much as 50 Lbs! Vines can get to 20 feet long and are good producers. Musquee de Provence Pumpkins are generally more tolerant of hot weather and do well in mid summer. They do have good flavor and can be served raw as thin wedges or be made into a soup. They are easy to grow and fun to look at. Open pollinated 110 days.
Musquee de Provence Pumpkin
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PUMPKIN SOWING AND PLANTING TIPS
- Grow pumpkins from seeds or seedlings.
- Seed is viable for 6 years.
- Direct sow pumpkins in the garden in spring after all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed to 70°F (21°C). In warm-winter regions, sow pumpkin in midwinter for harvest in early summer.
- To start pumpkins indoors before the last frost in spring, sow seed in peat pots 4 to 3 weeks before planting out. The indoor temperature should be 66°F to 85°F (18-29°C) until germination.
- Pumpkin seeds will not germinate at a soil temperature below 66°F (18°C).
- Sow seed ½ to 1 inch (1.3-2.5 cm) deep.
- Seeds germinate in 4 to 10 days at 85°F (29°C) or warmer.
- Space plants in the garden 12 to 18 inches (30-45 cm) apart in all directions.
- Pumpkins will benefit from the warm soil created by planting on hills or mounds; raise the soil 12 inches (30 cm) tall and 20 inches (50 cm) wide and grow individual plants on hills. Space hills 4 to 5 feet (1.2-1.5 m) apart.
- Water to keep the soil from drying.
- Fertilize with fish emulsion or a soluble complete fertilizer at half strength.
- Add aged compost to planting beds in advance of transplanting.
- Pumpkins prefer a soil pH range of 5.5 to 6.8.
- Grow pumpkins in full sun for best yield.
- Avoid planting pumpkins where cucumbers or melons have grown recently.
- Common pest enemies include aphids, cucumber beetles, flea beetles, squash bugs, squash vine borers, slugs, and snails.
- Common diseases include bacterial wilt, fusarium wilt, downy mildew, powdery mildew, cucumber mosaic.