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Pumpkin, Winter Squash 'Black Futsu'

Cucurbita moschata

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: moschata (MOSS-kuh-ta) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Futsu
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Pumpkin (winter)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Days to Maturity:

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Mature Skin Color:

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Disease Resistance:

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Seed Type:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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

Thousand Oaks, California

Montrose, Colorado

Quincy, Illinois

Brown City, Michigan

Boise City, Oklahoma

Martindale, Texas

Bellevue, Washington

Eastsound, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 21, 2013, LilyToes from Yachats, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Of the one plant I grew for Black Futzu (su), it alone has produced nine pumpkins for me. That's pretty good! These are smaller pumpkins, getting up to five pounds in weight. They are absolutely beautiful when they 'blush' over wish some paint brush strokes of orange. The ribbing and warts are very pretty. When you smell one before cutting it open, it's perfumed so highly of nuts/floral tones. Impressive! Will check back once I make a dish with it! Thinking of making a pumpkin bisque with a few!


On Aug 15, 2011, bozemeier from Red Bud, IL wrote:

I grew Futsu in close proximity to Cushaw last year and believe I have a hybrid from the collected seeds from the Futsu.


On Aug 7, 2009, sazji from Istanbul,
Turkey wrote:

I'm growing it for the first time this year and it's going great guns. One note though - there's no reason it shouldn't come true from seed if you keep it from hybridizing with other moschatas. This is true for any heirloom squash. You need to tape a male and femal flower from the same variety the night before they open, then pollinate the female in the morning and retape them. The seed you get will then be pure.


On Nov 17, 2008, ahaddock from Thousand Oaks, CA wrote:

This is a very pretty squash to watch mature. If I remember correctly, we planted it in late May and took the first squash somewhere in September. The taste to me was more chestnut than hazelnut, but suffice it say it has a "nutty" taste. We prepared it by cutting it in half and steaming it cut side down.


On Jul 26, 2004, Tree_Climber from Brown City, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is my first year for this squash. It's doing very well in my zone 5 garden. Nice full plant with medium length vines and lots of fruit is setting.

Here's the catalog description:

Black Futsu
(Cucurbita moschata) Rare, black Japanese squash, the fruit is flattened, round and has heavy ribbing. Very unique and beautiful. The black fruit will turn a rich chestnut color in storage. Flesh is golden color and has the rich taste of hazelnuts. Fruits are 3-8 lbs. each and vines give huge yields. Japanese dark skinned, flattened. Popular with European market growers. Good insect resistance makes this a winner here!