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Cushaw Pumpkin, Winter Squash 'White Cushaw'

Cucurbita mixta

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: mixta (MIKS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: White Cushaw
Additional cultivar information:(aka Jonathon)
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Cushaw (winter)


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Days to Maturity:

91 to 100 days

Mature Skin Color:



12 to 20 pounds (5 to 9 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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Augusta, Georgia

Fair Play, Missouri

Harmony, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 2, 2005, macmex from Tahlequah, OK wrote:

I grew two different varieties of the White Cushaw, in Northern Indiana. Both did well for me. As Farmer Dill mentioned, a real plus for this squash is its vine borer resistance. White Cushaws tend to have very pale colored flesh. But it tastes fine. Vines are LARGE!

In 2006 I hope to grow out one of these varieties in Tahlequah, Oklahoma; where we now live. I expect it to do well.


On Dec 30, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

The Jonathon pumpkin is a giant (15-20lb) crookneck with a white rind. Growth and quality is similar to the Green Striped Cushaw. Vines can grow up to 20 feet so space is required for this family. These are hard vine pumpkins so they are highly resistant to squash vine borers. Easy to grow and an outstanding pie pumpkin.