Ornamental Gourd, Field Pumpkin
Cucurbita pepo var. ovifera 'Tennessee Dancing'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo var. ovifera
Cultivar: Tennessee Dancing

Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Vines and Climbers

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Millersville, Maryland

Blair, Nebraska

Morris, New York

Claremore, Oklahoma

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
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0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Oct 13, 2013, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

Also called spinning gourds.
I got seeds from Pinetree Seeds. These are easy to grow and can grow in partial shade. Once it starts fruiting, it makes a fruit on almost every node so you can get a lot from each vine.

Positive

On Apr 18, 2007, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

An adorable, easy to grow gourd. Rumored to have been
played with as a spinning top by children of years gone by.
Indeed it does spin, I just played with a few on my desk.

Our 2006 crop was bountiful. The smallest was 1 1/2" tall
and largest was just under 2" tall. Very cute!

They do dry to be hard enough to craft, carve, paint. Would
be very cute on a necklace or a teeny weeny birdhouse gourd.

Easy to grow. Seeds are often sold as heirloom by seed savers.

Neutral

On Aug 10, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 93 day, 2-3 inch, green and white striped pear shaped gourd.