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Ornamental Gourd, Field Pumpkin 'Weeks World Record Variety'

Cucurbita pepo var. ovifera

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo var. ovifera
Cultivar: Weeks World Record Variety
Additional cultivar information:(Soft Shell Bushel Gourd)


Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer


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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Tuscumbia, Alabama

Hereford, Arizona

Brooksville, Florida

Rienzi, Mississippi

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Lafayette, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 12, 2004, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

I enjoy growing these-They are night blooming, with vigorous vines.The Package said they can weigh over 165 lbs-I have never even come close to that but they are fun anyway-This one is too heavy to trellis,so plant in hills and thin to 2 or 3 of the most vigorous seedlings.-if you are going to make something out of them be sure to let them dry compleetly before hollowing them.-90 to 100 days to maturity.