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Cucurbita maxima 'Hopi Orange'

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

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Buttercup (winter)
Pumpkin (winter)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Days to Maturity:
Unknown - Tell us

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:
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


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

I was very impressed with Hopi Orange. It produced well and the plants were among the last to finally succumb to the wave of powdery mildew that kills off my squash each year (if the frost doesn't get them first). Fruit is rounded and somewhat flattened with a deep orange rind and slightly bumpy surface. It was hard to convince the people I gave some to not to treat it as a jack-o-lantern but as an eating pumpkin. They compromised and painted it for Halloween and cooked it later.

Neutral Farmerdill On Jan 31, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 10-15 lb orange red squash available from Seeds of Change.


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

Macminnville, Oregon
Kennewick, Washington

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