Pumpkin, Winter Squash 'Sweet Keeper'

Cucurbita maxima

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: maxima (MAKS-ih-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sweet Keeper
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Days to Maturity:

101 to 110 days

Mature Skin Color:

Medium Green


12 to 20 pounds (5 to 9 kg)



Disease Resistance:

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Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Other details:

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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

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:

Sonoma, California

Boise, Idaho

Macminnville, Oregon

Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 10, 2010, madduran from Sonoma, CA wrote:

I grew Sweet Keeper Squash one year, it was the most amazing vine. Very long and prolific. I didn't know much about the squash, but when I opened my first one because it was growing in the fence, I noticed how beautiful the bright orange color was. I had to cook it, I steamed it with the skin on. And to my suprise it was incredibility delicious. I put butter on the cooked squash, and ate the skin too. I love this squash for the texture. It's rather dry and "meaty", not like most squash when cooked get runny. The texture is excellent and the taste is good. The best part of this squash is it will take on the taste of whatever you cook with it. Kind of like soaks up favors. And so healthy, I wish more farmer's markets would offer it. I've never seen it at a market. I think it's th... read more


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

"Vigorous vines" is an understatement. I had one vine grow (accidentally) up into a 10' tall rhododendron bush and set fruit. Fortunately the squash got large enough and sagged down so I didn't need a ladder to get it. Most of mine went to a neighbor whose crop of "Sweet Meat" failed early in the year. The only negative that I have ever heard was that the meat is drier than most squash so some people add cream or half and half and whip it up with a mixer. A friend whose children hated squash loved eating "orange mashed potatoes".


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

Available from Seeds of Change, which describes as follows; "If you like a large squash, we recommend this one. A Seeds of Change selection, it has a deep-orange color and is high in beta carotene. The vines are like the ones in Jack in the Beanstalk, some runners growing 25-30 ft. long! 10-15 pound flattened globes are a prime choice for pumpkin pie. Stores magnificently, into spring. (95-105 days)"