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PlantFiles: Ornamental Gourd, Field Pumpkin
Cucurbita pepo var. ovifera 'Weeks World Record Variety'

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)

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Vines and Climbers

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

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Michaelp 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.


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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