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PlantFiles: Cushaw Pumpkin, Winter Squash
Cucurbita mixta 'White Cushaw'

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)


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

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive macmex 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.

Positive Farmerdill 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.


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

Augusta, Georgia
Fair Play, Missouri
Harmony, North Carolina

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