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Uses

Toxic parts

The sprouting seed produces a toxic substance in its embryo[13].

Edible uses

Fruit

Flowers

Leaves

Seed

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Cucurbita moschata.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Roots

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Soil surface or Climber

Ecological Functions

Ground cover

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow early to mid spring in a greenhouse in a rich soil. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. Sow 2 or 3 seeds per pot and thin out to the best plant. Grow them on fast and plant out after the last expected frosts, giving them cloche or frame protection for at least their first few weeks if you are trying them outdoors.

Seed

Cultivation

Requires a rich, well-drained moisture retentive soil and a very warm, sunny and sheltered position[14][15][8]. Prefers a pH of 5.5 to 5.9, but tolerates up to 6.8[8]. Moderate rainfall favours growth, but the roots of most cultivars are sensitive to high soil-water levels[16].

The squash is a frost-tender annual plant that is widely cultivated, especially in warm temperate and tropical areas, for its edible fruit[2]. There are very many named varieties widely differing in size shape and taste[2][5]. Some varieties are used in the summer and autumn whilst others are harvested in the autumn and can be stored for several months. Succeeds outdoors most years in Britain[2]. Plants are more suited to warmer climates than Britain[16] and are only really successful in good summers in this country, they do not do well in the north[8]. Most cultivars are day-length neutral[16]. This species only hybridizes with other members of the genus under controlled conditions[8][6]. Grows well with sweetcorn, radishes and nasturtium but dislikes potatoes[17][18].

Squashes and pumpkins can be differentiated from each other by their fruit stalk, it is angular and polygonal in pumpkins but thick, soft and round in squashes[19].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Cucurbita moschata. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Cucurbita moschata
Genus
Cucurbita
Family
Cucurbitaceae
Imported References
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
10
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    0.6 x 5
    Fertility
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    orange, yellow
    Flower Type

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    References

    1. ? 1.01.1 Hedrick. U. P. Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World. Dover Publications ISBN 0-486-20459-6 (32202/01/01)
    2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.4 Vilmorin. A. The Vegetable Garden. Ten Speed Press ISBN 0-89815-041-8 ()
    3. ? 3.03.1 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (32202/01/01)
    4. ? 4.04.14.24.34.4 Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (32202/01/01)
    5. ? 5.05.15.25.35.45.5 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (32202/01/01)
    6. ? 6.06.16.26.3 ? The Plantsman. Vol.8. 1986 - 1987. Royal Horticultural Society (32202/01/01)
    7. ? 7.07.1 Schery. R. W. Plants for Man. ()
    8. ? 8.08.18.28.38.48.5 Organ. J. Gourds. Faber (32202/01/01)
    9. ? Fern, Ken www.pfaf.org Plants For a Future (2012/07/28)
    10. ? 10.010.1 ? A Barefoot Doctors Manual. Running Press ISBN 0-914294-92-X ()
    11. ? 11.011.111.211.3 Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (32202/01/01)
    12. ? 12.012.1 Chiej. R. Encyclopaedia of Medicinal Plants. MacDonald ISBN 0-356-10541-5 (32202/01/01)
    13. ? Frohne. D. and Pf?nder. J. A Colour Atlas of Poisonous Plants. Wolfe ISBN 0723408394 (32202/01/01)
    14. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (32202/01/01)
    15. ? Thompson. B. The Gardener's Assistant. Blackie and Son. (32202/01/01)
    16. ? 16.016.116.216.3 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (32202/01/01)
    17. ? Philbrick H. and Gregg R. B. Companion Plants. Watkins (32202/01/01)
    18. ? Riotte. L. Companion Planting for Successful Gardening. Garden Way, Vermont, USA. ISBN 0-88266-064-0 (32202/01/01)
    19. ? Bianchini. F., Corbetta. F. and Pistoia. M. Fruits of the Earth. ()


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