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PlantFiles: Pumpkin, Winter Squash
Cucurbita pepo 'Spirit'

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

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Pumpkin (winter)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Days to Maturity:
91 to 100 days

Mature Skin Color:

7 to 11 pounds (3 to 5 kg)
12 to 20 pounds (5 to 9 kg)


Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive 3wer4c On Aug 6, 2011, 3wer4c from Leetonia, OH wrote:

My seeds did not germinate extremely well, but grew like crazy then,and have orange pumpkins on already. Space saving bushy plant. By the way, most pumpkins do start out green before turning orange.

Neutral sprucecrick On Jun 21, 2007, sprucecrick from San Jose, CA wrote:

Well it started out not so good when I saw what looked like a "round" zuchinni or "rolly poly" squash instead of an orange funny face pumpkin. I ended up calling the grower and emailed him pictures of the plant. He assured me it was not a squash but a pumpkin that would
turn orange later on which is the characteristics of this plant. I suggested that on the tag they could mention something about it starting out green before it goes orange.

Positive Cybrczch On Jul 18, 2006, Cybrczch from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

2006 - Direct seeded in a 10 x 15 plot in late May, as of July 18 the single hill has taken nearly 4 x 8 of the plot. Three large pumpkins (one has already started oranging up), a half dozen smaller ones and still blooming. Doesn't seem to be as bothered with squash bug as some types I've grown before.

Neutral Farmerdill On Jan 20, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1975 hybrid introduced by Petoseed (Seminis). A semi-bush type with heavy stem and10-15 lb orange fruit. Compare to Funny Face.

Positive Oregonics On Aug 5, 2004, Oregonics from Tygh Valley, OR (Zone 6a) wrote:

Dark orange, 10-12lb., smooth, ribbed pumpkin. Semi-bush plant. Maturity: 98days.

I've had good luck with this one, 8 nice pumpkins from 2 vines. Wilting towards the ends of vines in hot weather, now that fruit is growing fast (Aug5 90-100f).
I'm not sure how cold-hardy pumpkins are? This 'Spirit' survived a few lite frosts & 1 hard one though.
I'll post again at harvest/JackOlantern time.


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

Lincoln, Nebraska
Leetonia, Ohio
Tygh Valley, Oregon

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