Heirloom Organic Howden Pumpkin Seeds (10)
HISTORY OF THIS HEIRLOOM PUMPKIN
As pumpkin carving grew into a multi-million dollar industry, American farmers began to examine the specific types of pumpkins they grew, and bred new lines of squash specifically for carving. Massachusetts farmer John Howden developed the Howden pumpkin in the 1960s, and it is still the most popular carving pumpkin in America. However, the very things that make the Howden perfect for Halloween (thick stem, shallow ribs, thin flesh in relation to size) make it less than ideal for eating. Meanwhile, varieties like the Sugar Pie, Kabocha, and Carnival make for better eating, and are enjoying a renaissance at farmers’ markets and tables across the country.
These classic deep orange pumpkins are beautifully formed, somewhat egg-shaped 20- to 30-pound fruit.
Days to Maturity: 92
Fruit Color: Orange
Seeds Per Pack: 25
Plant Width: 3 ft
Fruit Diameter: 13 in - 16 in92 days from direct-sowing.
The finest name in pumpkins is now available from Park Seed! Selected by John Howden himself for success in the home garden, this is the pumpkin Linus might have chosen to grow in his really sincere pumpkin patch! These deep orange, ribbed, plump pumpkins set the industry standard for appearance, vitality, and yields. The heavy-bearing plants yield a big crop of 20- to 30-pound pumpkins, each measuring 13 to 16 inches long.
Pumpkins are exceptionally easy to grow, given adequate space and patience! Sow the seeds outdoors when danger of frost is past, or start indoors in peat pots. Plant the seedlings (or thin to) 3 to 5 feet apart. Pkt is 25 seeds.
How to Grow Pumpkin/Winter Squash:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves
Spacing: When grown in hills, space the vines 8 feet apart. When grown in rows, space the vines 3-4 feet apart in rows spaced 8-12 feet apart
Lighting: Site in full sun
Soil: Site in very rich, sandy, well-drained soil. Keep weeded and well watered. Fertilize prior to planting and again every 3 weeks until harvest
Additional Care: They can be grown on a trellis or allowed to sprawl on the ground
Appearance and Use:
The annual vines Cucurbita pepo, C. maxima, C. mixta, and C. moschata produce Pumpkins, Gourds, and the Winter Squashes (Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti, just to name a few). Harvest them when fully mature (the rind is hard) or after the first light frost. Many types will keep for months in storage
About Pumpkin/Winter Squash:
Botanical name: Cucurbita
Origination: Cucurbitaceae; of cultivated American origin