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PlantFiles: Pumpkin, Winter Squash
Cucurbita maxima 'Gele Reuzen'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: maxima (MAKS-ih-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gele Reuzen

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Pumpkin (winter)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Days to Maturity:
more than 120 days

Mature Skin Color:

35 to 100 pounds (16 to 45 kg)
More than 100 pounds (45 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


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Till On Mar 31, 2013, Till from Hamburg
Germany wrote:

Very popular in Germany, traditionally used for making preservatives. Plant near or directly onto the compost heap. Strong growing with very large leaves, especially in half-shade, and long vines (12m and more). Plants can be trained up a fence or hedge to save space, but the enourmus fruits are very heavy.
Has a deep taproot and thin roots just underneath the surface several meters around the plant. The vines develop additional roots if they touch the bare ground.
Under ideal condition the plant will produce serveral fruits well over 50kg. Good keeper.
Flesh has a fine, peach-like texture with almost no taste and is used for sweet-and-sour mixed pickles and other preservatives. Male flowers could be fried. To save space and to hasten fruitset, pinch out the growing tip after five or six leaves have formed to promote sideshooting. Temporary wilting will encourage the formation of female flowers. Flowers are extremly attractive to snails and slugs. Use thinly diluted liquid fertilizer, evenly applied over several meters around the plant. Can be used to graft melons to improve growing at lower temperatures.

Neutral Farmerdill On Dec 24, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A round pale squash.

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