Thursday, April 19, 2012

Reliable Summer "Pumpkins" for Florida

I've spent years trialing various winter squashes and pumpkins and "calabazas" from the main species Curcurbita maxima, mixta, pepo and moschata, and by far I get the best results from those bred from C. moschata. This makes sense as that species originated in hot, humid Central America. While the other species and their hybrids make green leaves, C. moschata and its hybrids and cultivars have very characteristic silvery patterned markings that are quite beautiful.


  1. Gorgeous! I am slightly jealous, my squash and pumpkin are being ravaged by powdery mildew.

  2. Can you please tell me what C. moschata variety names you grow? I live on the Gulf coast near Houston TX and need to grow a Moschata pumpkin if I want to get any pumpkins at all. Thanks in advance!