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PlantFiles: Pumpkin, Winter Squash
Cucurbita moschata 'Tan Cheese'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: moschata (MOSS-kuh-ta) (Info)
Cultivar: Tan Cheese

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Pumpkin (winter)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Days to Maturity:
101 to 110 days
111 to 120 days

Mature Skin Color:

7 to 11 pounds (3 to 5 kg)


Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Negative digger808 On Aug 21, 2012, digger808 from Winchester, VA wrote:

It has been hot and wet this year. Out of 12+ plants I might be lucky to get a single usable fruit, while in the same location, my cushaws are producing like mad.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 5, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Southern Exposure, offers this description: "110 days. [Pre-1824 heirloom, one of the oldest varieties cultivated.] Cheese pumpkins are a group of pumpkins that are hardy, productive and is superior to most field pumpkins. They have a unique smooth tan skin, moderately deep ribs, a deep orange sweet flesh and they are good keepers. Fruits are medium-large, about 6 to 8" high and weigh 6 to 12 lbs."


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

Palmyra, Illinois
Hays, North Carolina
Anton, Texas

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