Of the late-ripening large-fruited pumpkin varieties, the Marble pumpkin is popular. How to grow this variety on your site?
- Marble pumpkin: variety description
- Growing conditions
- Planting seeds
- Proper pumpkin care
- Pumpkin use
Marble pumpkin: variety description
Sort pumpkin Marble - refers to the middle late. From the first shoots to the first harvest, it should take about 125-135 days. Recommended to grow in the southern region. Ripens at the end of summer or with the onset of autumn. The fruits are large, flattened in shape, wrinkled surface with light gray blotches.
The color of the pumpkin is dark gray or gray, sometimes with a greenish tint. Fruit weight ranges from 6 to 10 kg. When ripe, the pumpkin flesh is orange, firm and tender. Pumpkin seeds are white with a creamy shade, about 1-3 cm long. This variety has excellent taste and good keeping quality, so it can be stored for a long time. The fruits are not cracked or affected by white rot.
Pumpkin belongs to heat-loving plants. It is desirable to place it on the south side of the site. Pumpkin grows well in areas where beets, carrots, cabbage, onions, beans used to grow. It will grow poorly in the place of potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, sunflower.
For good growth and fruit ripening, the soil must be fertile. The pumpkin planting site must be prepared in the fall. It should be dug up and compost or manure should be added to the infertile soil at the rate of 3-4 kg per square meter. If the soil is heavy and acidic, then wood ash or lime is added. Phosphorus-potassium fertilizer can be applied in the fall or just before planting the seeds.
It is recommended to plant it in the ground when the ground warms up well and exceeds 10 degrees. If the seeds are planted below the specified temperature, they will not develop and will rot in the soil. The optimal time for planting seeds is late May or early June. It is not recommended to plant next to erect plants, as this vegetable crop has the ability to weave.
Before sowing seeds, you need to prepare the seed and treat the area. A couple of days before planting, warm the seeds for 10 hours at a temperature of about 40 degrees, and then lower them in an ash solution for 12 hours. To prepare an ash solution, it is necessary to dilute 2 tablespoons of wood ash in a liter of boiling water.
Next, dig holes with a diameter of about 30 cm. The distance between the holes should be about 60 cm, since the pumpkin grows very much. It is recommended to make holes for seeds in a checkerboard pattern. In order for the seedlings to develop well, before planting, pour about 2 liters of water into the hole, the temperature of which is +50 degrees.
As soon as the soil begins to absorb water, you can plant the seeds, deepening them by 5-6 cm. Then fill them with a nutrient mixture and mulch with humus. This procedure will increase seed germination. In order for the seed to begin to germinate quickly, the entire area is covered with a film and the edges are tightly fixed.
Video about the "marbled" pumpkin variety:
With the emergence of seedlings, the film is not removed, but cut, a wire frame is installed and tightened. In addition to planting in open ground, pumpkin can be grown by seedlings at home. In this case, the seedlings do not require picking.
Proper pumpkin care
Caring for a vegetable crop with the emergence of seedlings consists in watering, thinning, weeding and feeding. If necessary, artificial pollination is carried out. This is done if the ovaries are incompletely fertilized. Seedlings after planting are watered every day.
Watering is not performed if the summer is rainy. After watering, it is necessary to loosen the soil and remove weeds. Loosening between rows should be done before watering and to a depth of about 12 cm.
This will allow the water to penetrate to the roots faster. When 2-3 leaves appear at the seedlings, it is necessary to thin out the seedlings, leaving one sprout at a time. Top dressing is performed three weeks after sowing the seeds with manure or chicken droppings in a ratio of 1: 4. Organic fertilizing is recommended to be introduced 3-4 times a month. As a top dressing, you can use wood ash: add a glass of ash to 10 liters of water.
Pumpkin contains a large amount of carotene. People with eye diseases are prescribed a pumpkin diet. This vegetable is useful for treating diseases of the stomach and intestines. Pumpkin juice will help relieve constipation, and seeds will help fight parasites. In cooking, pumpkin is widely used to prepare various dishes. Pumpkin goes well with many vegetables in any form. This vegetable is added during the preparation of millet, rice and semolina porridge.
Pumpkin puree is introduced as a complementary food for babies under one year old. In addition, pumpkin can be added to soup, used as a filling for a pie or casserole. You can eat not only the pulp, but also the seeds and flowers of the plant. Sunflower seeds are a great addition to dessert or baked goods, and flowers are a great addition to salad.