Every golden pumpkin has pulp which can be cooked and roasted into a lot of ways to get a tasty treat. Who doesn’t like the flavor of the delicious soup? But what is done with all the seeds that are left behind after carving it? Even the Halloween party pumpkins which are used for decorating have enormous amounts of seeds.
The seeds can be saved for the future and planted in the years ahead. The pumpkins can be harvested in your garden the sight of which will fill you with joy. The cultivation of pumpkin is great fun and easy. They need a sunny position and plenty of water to grow.
The botanical name of the pumpkin is Cucurbita maxima, C. moschata, or C. argyrosperma.
How to save and store pumpkin seeds?
The materials required:
- A Pumpkin
- A Knife
- A Spoon
- A Colander
- A screen or paper towel
The easy way to collect the seeds:
- The top of the pumpkin is cut and all the pulp, as well as seeds, are scooped out.
- The seeds are separated from the pulp and rinsed under cool water.
- The largest of the seeds are selected and spread on a layer of wax paper to dry overnight.
- The tray with seeds is placed in a cool, dark place for at least one month and lo your seeds are ready.
- The best seeds are used and the seeds infested with molds are discarded.
How to select the promising seeds?
Ensure that the pumpkin whose seeds are being used should not be a hybrid. The seeds from hybrid do not have the potential to grow very big. While selecting seeds for your garden, weak seeds, and fungi infested seeds are discarded.
Sowing of seeds
The soil needs a little preparation. The soil required by pumpkins is slightly acidic or nearly neutral. Also, they do not germinate in cold soil. They require the warm season like late spring or early summers. The seeds may be started indoors about two weeks before planting. The pumpkins bear large vines, so each seed must be planted five feet apart. Mature fruit can be collected in 90 to 120 days. The saplings need to be fed every 10-14 days with a high potash liquid fertilizer such as tomato feed once the first fruits appear. The organic fertilizers can also be used to get the best harvest.
The problem of Bugs
The appearance of bugs always torments a gardener. This results in rotting of fruits or no fruit formation at all. But trying a weak solution of natural or chemical insecticides on the infested parts of the vine may be helpful. The Grey mold (botrytis) is a common disease of pumpkins. The spores spread very fast but after reducing humidity by improving ventilation, this problem can be curbed. The overcrowded vines will hamper their growth so, remove the extra ones.
Harvest the fruit
The fruit of pumpkin reminds us of happy times. And if the mature fruit has a beautiful color, it is welcomed with full vigor. The best time of harvesting a pumpkin is bright orange in color with a hard shell. The drying of stems is the indication. The pumpkins should be protected from an early frost.