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PlantFiles: Pumpkin, Winter Squash
Cucurbita maxima 'Amish Pie'

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

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Pumpkin (winter)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Days to Maturity:
91 to 100 days

Mature Skin Color:

35 to 100 pounds (16 to 45 kg)


Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

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:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JeffAW On Oct 26, 2009, JeffAW from Mcminnville, OR wrote:

The fruit does tend to have an apple shape, but some of mine came out rounded. None topped 25 lbs., but this may not be a bad thing. As noted on some catalog sites, the flesh is thick. Cutting through a large specimen should be done carefully. A very strong and sharp knife is a must, but a meat cleaver might be a better option. One squash will give you a lot of meat to work with. I found the cooked meat to be a little more "squashy" in flavor and aroma (along the lines of an acorn squash) than I would have expected from a large squash. This will be the mainstay of my squash/pumpkin pie crop from now on.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 2, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Given to James Robinson by an Amish gardener in Maryland.

Neutral Farmerdill On Jan 24, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A large ( up to 75 lb.) light yellow-orange pumpkin. Tend to have a pointy end making them heart shaped. Supposedly an Amish heirloom discovered in Maryland. Several vendors list it as C. pepo, but SSE and Baker Creek list it as C. maxima.


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

Macminnville, Oregon

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