We grow small sugar pumpkin variety for the first time last spring. This pumpkin variety is suitable for small garden. We direct-sowed the seed last August and harvested the first fruit in December. It took less than 4 months to harvest the first pumpkin. This pumpkin variety fruit in diameter average size is about 20cm. The photo shows female flower with a small fruit attached at the back of the bright yellow flower. The pumpkin female flower really beckons or attracts the bees with its big bright yellow petal which is hard to miss when bees flying pass to help her pollinate with its mate. Well, we usually try manually by hand to pollinate the female pumpkin earlier than bees so it won't cross pollinate with different variety of pumpkin/squash. But it was easier this time around to avoid cross-pollination because it was the only cucurbit plant that was already producing flowers. To avoid confusion, the pumpkin veins or leaves is similar with other pumpkin, in the photo leaves with red veins are beetroot leaves. Moreover, beside the yellow flower you can see beans dangling. You can inter-plant beans with pumpkin.
Because December we don't have many rainy day here so we can be lucky to avoid powdery mildew. I always find that when the pumpkin fruit is getting bigger its better when there is not much rain or humidity is low so the plant don't get disease easily.
Pumpkin growing bigger still immature with green skin.
Make sure to leave a long stalk on the ripe pumpkin when harvesting.
So it will store well for several months.
Cure the pumpkin before storing it on a dry place.
We usually put it beside a sunny window for several days or weeks.
A ripen small sugar pumpkin.
The pumpkin keep well until we decided to enjoy it after harvesting it for more than 4 months.
If it is cure and store well, perhaps it can stay good for more than 6 months after harvest.
Any ideas on how to enjoy this pumpkin?
I am a bit lazy in the kitchen these days, just slice and roast them.
What pumpkin variety are you growing this year?
We are waiting for our spagetthi squash fruit to ripe this month.