Winter Luxury Pie Pumpkin (Heirloom, 100 Days)
Heirloom 1893. The Winter Luxury Pie Pumpkin is said to be the best pie pumpkin, ever! Vines produce medium-sized, 5-7 lb. tangerine orange pumpkins that are blanketed with white netting giving it a pastel appearance. The flesh is silky smooth with just the right amount of sweetness. The Winter Luxury Pie Pumpkin is a must-have if you like to have your own canned pumpkin in the pantry.
Germination: 7-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-90ºF. Planting in soil under 70ºF may result in poor germination.
Seed Sowing Depth: ½ -1” deep
Starting Indoors: 3-4 weeks before the last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cells/pots, thin to the strongest seedling. We like to use individual biodegradable paper, peat, or cow pots because it provides the least amount of stress to the roots when transplanting. Transplant after last frost when the soil warms to 70ºF. Space 36-48” apart, in rows 48-60” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: After the last frost when the soil reaches at least 70ºF. Sow 2-3 seeds per space/hill, 36-48” apart, in rows 48-60” apart.
How much does a packet plant: 12-15 foot single row, 4-5 hills
Harvest: When skin turns color and rinds are hard. Leave a few inches of the stem on for best storage potential.
Tips: Heavy feeders, requiring high nitrogen. Plant the Winter Luxury Pie Pumpkin into fertile soil or amend with compost or manure. Heavy water needs, mulch, and supply adequate water, at least 1” per week for optimum growth.