Organic American Tonda Pumpkin Seeds - 8 Seeds

Organic American Tonda Pumpkin Seeds - 8 Seeds

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American Tonda Pumpkin
Pepo Cucurbita
Tonda Pumpkin, Italian Pumpkin, Mediterranean Pumpkin

Description: This beautiful, ornamental pumpkin has a very nice creamy orange skin with green stripes between the ribbing, produces 6-8 lbs. fruits. It is a very beautiful Italian cooking pumpkin. Wonderful dry flesh that is very sweet for pumpkins, making great soups, gnocchi, and breads! Beautiful colors as well make this a showstopper!
USDA Zone: All Zone sin USA & Canada
Matures: 100 days
Growth Rate: Rapid.
Height & Width: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) Height, Width dependent on planting location.
Fruit: Large, 6 – 8 pound fruits
Fruit Color: Orange
Leaves: Large.
Leaf Color: Green, fuzzy, may cause irritation
Sun: Full Sun
Soil: All soils, amended soil with compost that is loamy is best. 5.5 to 7.6 pH
Water: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Community Planting: Plants with all other garden plants.
Propagation: Exclusively from seed.
Spacing & Depth: 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
Harvesting: Allow fruit to ripen on stem, when knob at top of pumpkin turns, it is time to harvest.
Discussion: Beautiful Italian pumpkin with alternating vertical ribs of grey/green and orange. Wonderful dry, sweet flesh is superior for making pies, great soups, gnocchi, and breads! Unusual - attractive enough to be used as a centerpiece.
Fertilizer and Lime: Always apply lime and fertilizers based on soil test recommendations. Providing adequate nutrients throughout the growing season will insure healthy, vigorous vines, not to mention large pumpkins. Granular fertilizers should be applied as a broadcast application over the soil surface and incorporated into the soil 4 to 6 inches deep a few days ahead of setting out your transplants. Pumpkin vines require approximately 2 pounds’ nitrogen (N), 3 pounds phosphorous (P2O2) and 6 pounds’ potash (K2O) per 1,000 square feet of growing space. The addition of organic matter (manure, etc.) to the garden is important to establish good soil tilth. A foliar feeding program should be started after pollination and fruit set have occurred. There are several foliar fertilizers available. Follow label directions and continue application throughout the growing season.
Planting and Space Requirements: Seeds should be sown individually and started indoors in 12-inch peat pots. A well balanced potting medium is recommended. Plants are ready for transplanting when the first true leaf is fully expanded. This is usually 10 to 14 days after seeding. Transplants can be protected from late spring frost using a floating row cover. Growing space in the garden is important. Each plant should be allowed approximately 2,500 square feet. This area may sound quite large, but it is essential for vine growth. Pumpkins prefer long hours of sunlight, so select your garden site accordingly. Avoid shaded areas and select an area with good surface and internal drainage.
Irrigation: Pumpkins are shallow rooted, so water slowly with at least one inch of water per week if rainfall is not adequate. More water may be required during hot, windy summer days. Water during morning or early afternoon hours so foliage dries by evening. This helps prevent the spread of leaf diseases. Trickle irrigation is best, but soaker hoses also work well. Overhead sprinklers are effective; however, wet foliage increases the chance of disease, especially mildew.
Cultural: If planting is done in a well-prepared bed, weeds will seldom be a problem and can be controlled by hand-weeding or hoeing. Continue to remove weeds until the vines cover the ground. At this time, the dense foliage will shade out most weeds. Plastic mulches are very effective for controlling weeds. Plastic mulches also warm the soil, and can maintain good soil moisture levels. The plastic can be installed when the soil is in good planting condition, any time from a few days to 2 to 3 weeks before planting. If you do not use plastic, pumpkins will benefit from organic mulches applied in the summer after the soil has warmed.

Materials: Organic American Tonda Pumpkin Seeds