A pumpkin patch of many colors, sizes, and shapes. This landrace is a combination of many Native American and heirloom Cucurbita maxima winter squashes crossed with the gigantic Dill’s Atlantic Giant pumpkin, which is known around the country for its incredible size. The result is a diverse interesting decorative collection of maxima pumpkins that creates an incredible fall display and makes for great decorations and food. Grown by Casey Piscura at Wild Mountain Seeds in a short Zone 3 climate, these squash will likely grow well wherever you try them in North America. The plants are incredibly vigorous. (Casey recommends direct sowing two to three weeks before your last frost.) This is a great population to use as the base for a breeding project.
GROWING TIPS: Direct seed in May or early June, or transplant in healthy plant starts around this time. Plants should end up 30-36 inches apart in rows 5-6 feet apart. They want to sprawl.