Germ 7-10 days
An All American Selection for 2002. The breeding was done by Brent Loy at the University of New Hampshire. Test marketing was done at his wife’s farm stand where it proved to be a big hit. The perfectly globe shaped fruit are remarkably smooth—practically no ribbing at all. Semi-determinate vines require little space and produce heavy yields. Weights run 7-8 lbs. Orange Smoothie is also great in pies. 15 seeds
Indoors- Individual biodegradable peat/cowpots 1/2”-1” deep, 3-4 weeks before last frost with soil temperature 70 degrees. Transplant 36” apart after last frost without disturbing the roots
Outdoors- 1/2”-1” deep after last frost, in warm soil at least 70 degrees. Sow a few seeds per space/hill with 24-36” between, providing the furthest spacing for the larger varieties
Harvest- When skin turns color and rinds are hard, leaving a few inches of the stem on for best storage potential.
Tips- Plant in fertile soil amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. They benefit from growing on black plastic and by using row covers for weed, insect control, and more rapid growth. Fertilize on a regular basis by watering with compost tea. Turn pumpkins carefully to keep a uniform shape.