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PlantFiles: Pumpkin, Winter Squash
Cucurbita maxima 'La Estrella'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: maxima (MAKS-ih-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: La Estrella

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Pumpkin (winter)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Days to Maturity:
81 to 90 days

Mature Skin Color:

7 to 11 pounds (3 to 5 kg)


Disease Resistance:
Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus (ZYMV)
Cucumber mosaic virus (VMV)
Watermelon Mosaic Virus (WMR)
Powdery Mildew (PM)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
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:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive irontiger On Aug 15, 2012, irontiger from HARBESON, DE wrote:

A Tropical Pumpkin Hybrid that does well in the East Central, US. Produces from 4 to 6, round, thick rined fruit, per vine which may extend 20 ft. When grown in Delaware climate, pumpkins weigh from 8 to 10 lbs. and season is from late June to mid-October. Seems to have good disease and pest resistance when healthy plants are grown. Tan to light orange with cream streakes, stores very well and is excellent eating. This pumpkin holds the current World Record Distance for a Chunked Pumpkin!

Neutral Farmerdill On Dec 31, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A multi-colored tropical hybrid pumpkin from Rupp. This cultivar was bred for winter growing in Florida where they attain 6 lbs and mature in 70 days. In the northern USA the growing season extends to 130 days and the fruit attain 10 - 12 lbs.


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

Harbeson, Delaware

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