Description For Red Pumpkin Seeds
How to grow Red Pumpkin from Seeds:Introduction and Uses: Pumpkin is one of the most popular rainy season vegetable crops in India. It is grown extensively throughout the monsoon and summer season. Its fruit, juice, plants and leaves have various culinary and medicinal uses.
Pumpkin is a rich source of Vitamin A; it has excellent antioxidant properties, it may boost eye vision, lower blood pressure and might provide aid for insomnia.
Botanical Name: Cucurbita maxima.
Sowing Season: Monsoon & summer.
Sowing method: Seeds are sown directly in raised beds or containers.
Growing container: Use big circular pots or grow-bag with 16” diameter and minimum depth of 8-10 inches.
Growing medium: 2 part garden soil & 1 part any organic manure or 1 part garden soil, 1 part coco-peat & 1 part Vermicompost.
Steps for seed sowing (Seed starting) in a container:
Growth stages of Red Pumpkin:Sprouting Stage: Seeds will germinate within first 6-8 days or so & tiny sprouts will be visible.
Cotyledons: The first two leaves will emerge in the second week of germination. These are false leaves called as cotyledons.
First leaves: First leaves will emerge above cotyledons at the end of the second week.
Seedling stage: Second week onwards, seedlings will start growing into a small plant.
Thinning: After the second week, keep only single seedling at one spot, Cut off the weak, small & lagging seedlings with a pair of scissors.
How to take care for Red Pumpkin Plant:Sunlight: Pumpkin plants require full sunlight. Therefore your raised bed should be made at a bright sunny spot. Keep the Pumpkin container under open sunlight.
Watering technique: Water your potted Pumpkin plant every day in summer. Water the soil near the plant. Use a watering can to make sure that the plants get water in the form of the shower & not by a single flow. You can also make provision for watering by drip irrigation system for your raised beds.
Manuring: As mentioned earlier, add good quality organic manure in the soil with 2:1 ratio before sowing seeds. Organic manure can be well rotten cow dung manure, farmyard manure, Compost or Vermicompost.
Top Dressing: When your Pumpkin climber is more than 45 days old, Provide one tablespoon of 15:15:15 (NPK) Fertilizer per plant or mix handful of Vermicompost in the soil around each plant.
Plant care: Always look for the early signs of any insect/fungal/ any other infections. Spray appropriate medicines as soon as any symptoms of such diseases are spotted. Watch out for Powdery Mildew when plants are young.
Note: Pumpkin plants have separate Male & female flowers on the same plant. Fruits will be formed on female flower after pollination.
Hand pollination of flowers: Take ‘pollens’ from male flowers on painting brush or cotton bud & dust them on ‘stigma’ of female flowers. This will increase overall production of pumpkins. This step is not mandatory.
Harvesting: (100 to 120 days from sowing)
Pumpkin climber will start flowering at the end of the third month. You can start harvesting ripe Pumpkin fruits after three months of seed sowing. Harvesting season can continue for next three months. Pumpkin flowers are also edible.
|No.of Seeds||Approx. 18 to 20 Seeds|
|Net Weight||2 gm|
|Seed Rate||5 to 6 Kg/Ha|
|Spacing (Row to Row X Plant to Plant)||150 cm x 100 cm|
|Germination Time||6 to 8 days from sowing|
|Fertilizer||Organic: Neemcake or Vermicompost - 10 g per plant. Chemicals: Suphala or Urea - 5 g per plant.|
|Season of Sowing||June - July, Feb - Mar|
|Yield||60 to 80 ton/Ha|
|Product Weight||Under 10 gm|
|Product Height||15 cm|
|Product Width||10 cm|
|Product Depth||1 cm|