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PlantFiles: Pumpkin, Winter Squash
Cucurbita maxima 'Giant Show King Squash'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: maxima (MAKS-ih-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Giant Show King Squash

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Days to Maturity:
more than 120 days

Mature Skin Color:

More than 100 pounds (45 kg)


Disease Resistance:
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Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Other details:
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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:

Neutral Farmerdill On Dec 2, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

130 days. Cucurbita maxima. Plant produces giant gray-green color squash. This unique squash was developed by Howard Dill who also grew the World Record Dillís Atlantic Giant Pumpkin. The squash can grow from 400 lbs up to 990 lbs! Impress your neighbors and grow a World Record size squash. These are Genuine seeds from the grower - Howard Dill of Nova Scotia. A summer squash variety. I ran across a squash of this description some years ago. It was a winter type but had extremely poor eating qualities. I susoect this also is just for show.

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