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Cucurbita pepo 'Carnival'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo (PEP-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Carnival
Hybridized by Ted Superak; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1991

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Acorn (winter)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Days to Maturity:
81 to 90 days

Mature Skin Color:
Medium Green

Less than 1 pound (0.5 kg)
2 to 3 pounds (1 to 2 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
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DonShirer On Sep 1, 2011, DonShirer from Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

Vigorous plant with excellent taste. In fact, some critters thought so too, so I had to surround the ripening fruit with flowerpots to keep them from being nibbled on. Most skins have a mottled green and cream color, but some have colorful splotches of yellow and dark green as well. Getting anywhere from 2 to 4 fruits per vine. The meat is a pleasant orange when roasted in the microwave.

Neutral Lilypon On Oct 2, 2006, Lilypon from Moose Jaw, SK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Carnival Squash - Cream colored with orange spots or pale green with dark green spots in vertical stripes - coloration sometimes divided part and part . Carnival Squash have hard, thick skins and only the golden flesh is eaten.

Positive melody On Aug 18, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I've not actually grown this squash, but I have eaten it and it is supurb!

A lovely decorative squash that you will actually enjoy eating. They can be cooked like the traditional Acorn types (split and baked with butter and brown sugar, or rosted with onions, ginger and black pepper.

It keeps well and seems to develop a richer flavor with age.

Positive Farmerdill On Jan 30, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Harris Seeds describes as follows;"
85 Days. This is the most exciting squash to be introduced in years! The vigorous, semi-bush plant produces a high yield of acorn-shaped fruit that are shades of green, yellow and orange. The fruit are easy-to-pick, growing near the crown of the plant, and have a golden yellow flesh that is delicious. And, the great taste improves during storage. Try Carnival this year – you’ll love it!"


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

Westbrook, Connecticut
Augusta, Georgia
Aurora, Missouri
Havertown, Pennsylvania
Corpus Christi, Texas

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