Pumpkin, Winter Squash 'Kakai'

Cucurbita pepo

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo (PEP-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Kakai
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Pumpkin (winter)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Days to Maturity:

91 to 100 days

Mature Skin Color:





4 to 6 pounds (2 to 3 kg)

7 to 11 pounds (3 to 5 kg)



Disease Resistance:

Powdery Mildew (PM)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Redding, California

Norwood, Georgia

Brown City, Michigan

Perry, Michigan

Lake Oswego, Oregon

Church Hill, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 17, 2014, glennman from Redding, CA wrote:

Very easy to grow pumpkin. Got three pumpkins on a 5foot vine, 8-10 pounds each. Was told to let them set on the porch or in a cool place for a month or so to "cure"?
When cut open the seed content was of great volume, beautful fat, green, completely hull less seed. Delicous fresh or roasted. Definetly grow this one if you like pumpkin seeds. P.S.
I live in Redding Ca, where the summer temps go well into the triple digits. These vines required no shading , just a good straw mulch and average water.


On Jul 25, 2004, Tree_Climber from Brown City, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I haven't harvested any of these yet, but they germinated easily and are doing well.

Last year I tried the "Lady Godiva" naked seeded variety. Their appearance was as expected, but they had hulls.

I am hoping this one will indeed have hulless seeds.

Medium small, avg. 5-8 lb., black-striped pumpkins with large, dark green, completely hulless seeds which are absolutely delicious roasted. Kakai is a variety of the Austrian type that yields the valuable green pumpkin seed oil which some European studies show promotes prostate health. Avg. yield: 2-3 fruits/plant.