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Family: Cucurbitaceae

Botanical Name: Cucurbita máxima

Subfamily:Cucurbitoideae Tribe:Cucurbiteae

Common Name:
SPANISH: Calabaza ENGLISH: Pumpkin FRENCH: Citrouille DUTCH: Pompoen
PORTUGUESE: Abóbora GERMAN: Riesenkürbis ITALIAN: Zucca

General characteristics:
Annual herbaceous plant, creeping, sometimes climbing, with long stems with angular or cylindrical section and the surface covered with hairs; it emits tendrils. Large leaves, also covered with hairs, with a more or less angular blade, depending on the species, and long petiole. The flowers are yellow, large, unisexual, appearing solitary in the leaf axils. The fruits take on very varied shapes, depending on the species.

Indicative data:

  • Number of seeds per gram: 3-4
  • Useful Plants per 10 gr. of Seed: 25-40
  • Sowing spacing between rows: 200-250 cm
  • Sowing spacing between plants: 100-150 cm
  • Seeds per Stroke: 2-3
  • Planting Depth: 3 cm
  • Germination Power: 5 years
  • Growing Cycle: 6 months
  • Kilograms per Seed per Hectare: 2-4 kG
  • Germination
  • Temperature (minimum, maximum, optimum): 15ºC min 35ºC max
Cucurbita pepo, C. maxima, C. moschata (SQUASH and PUMPKIN)
Scientific nameEnglish common nameCode
Cucumber mosaic virusCucumber mosaicCMV
Watermelon mosaic virusWatermelon mosaicWMV
Zucchini yellow mosaic virusZucchini yellowsZYMV
Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveumFusarium wiltFon
Podosphaera xanthiiPowdery mildewPx