Cucurbita pepo var. ovifera (95 days) Open-pollinated. We’ve jazzed up our warted mix with an equally fine but slightly different assortment of flats, rounds, short pears, pears and spoons in a variety of solid, striped and bicolor patterns. Yellows, greens, oranges and whites make a bright display. We love them, warts and all. ②
1939 Professional Small Warted Mix
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One of the oldest domesticated species. Pepo derives from the Greek pepon, meaning ‘ripened by the sun.’ They have hard 5-sided ribbed stems, and fruits are usually ribbed. They also include summer squashes and small gourds, as well as some pumpkins.
About 500 seeds/oz.
Days to maturity are from emergence after direct sowing.
These vigorous viners will usually mature their ornamental fruits in our climate if direct-seeded after danger of frost. Use wire hoops and row cover to keep out cucumber beetles.
All gourds are open-pollinated.
Gourds come in two major categories (Luffa is a third). The small ones are Cucurbita pepo var. ovifera, known as ornamental gourds for their variety of shapes, colors and surfaces. These vigorous viners will usually mature in our climate if direct-seeded. The larger ones are Lagenaria siceraria or hardshell gourds, named from the Greek lagenos, ‘a flask,’ and sicera, ‘an intoxicating drink.’ Lagenaria, though lacking the color range of their smaller cousins, fascinate with their magical shapes.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.