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Assorted Decorative Pumpkin Seeds

Assorted Decorative Pumpkin Seeds

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The cultivation of decorative pumpkins is similar to that of pumpkins used for food. It essentially varies in the varieties of pumpkins to be grown.

It is an annual herbaceous plant, of indeterminate growth. In general, its varieties are crawling or climbing plants that reach several meters long stems in their shape, also launching tendrils through which they are fixed to the adjacent vegetation or staking structures.

If we grow them in an urban garden on a terrace or balcony, we can use the structure of the railings as a climbing area.

In an urban field garden, its cultivation is creeping, as is the case with melons and watermelons, for example.

Growing decorative pumpkins is very simple since it is a very rustic plant and is not too demanding in terms of temperature. Yes, it is in terms of water due to its great foliar development and its high water content in the fruit. However, excess moisture in the soil can cause root asphyxiation.

The lack of water during cultivation causes dehydration of the plant, reduction of vegetative development, poor fertilization due to falling flowers, a decrease in production and a delay in growth.

They are also very demanding in terms of light, so they should be grown in full sun and, in the case of balconies, never in shaded areas.

How to grow decorative pumpkins

Above all, around the holidays of All Saints and Christmas, decorative pumpkins increasingly take on their role as an ornamental element.

SOWING

If we want to grow these types of decorative pumpkins in our urban garden, we have to start growing them during the month of May or June. If we do it later, we will run the risk of not obtaining a good number of them or they will bear poor fruit.

Sowing is done directly in the ground or pot at a rate of 2-3 seeds per seed.

GERMINATION
These germinate in less than 10 days after sowing. During this process it is essential that the soil or substrate does not remain dry.

Once germinated, thinning is carried out, leaving only the most vigorous plant and eliminating the rest. If this thinning is carried out very late, it is advisable to eliminate the plants by cutting the stem at its base, instead of uprooting them, since the roots are more developed and we can cause damage to the remaining plant.

30 days after germination we can proceed with hilling to reinforce its base and promote root development. Especially when it is grown in a container, it is advisable not to exceed the height of the cotyledons.

The staking work should begin when the stem begins to lean, in order to reestablish its verticality. With this system, better use of lighting is achieved, ventilation is improved, disease attacks are reduced and spaces are better managed during cultivation.

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