Pumpkin Zombie F1
Pumpkin Zombie F1 Hybrid. Scare your friends and neighbours at Halloween with this grotesquely ugly Pumpkin ‘Zombie’, complete with warts! These spreading plants are ideal for growing on the allotment, where each plant can spread out and produce up the three of these knobbly 3-4kg (6.5-8.5lbs) fruits . Ripens between September in October, just in time to carve into a spooky creature to greet your trick or treaters!
Height: 45cm (18”). Spread: 2m (6’).
April – June
September – October
How to sow
Sow pumpkin seed indoors from April to June for transplanting later on. Sow pumpkins seeds on their sides in small 7.5cm (3”) pots of seed compost at a depth of about 2.5cm (1”). Place in a propagator or seal pots inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 20-25C (68-77F) until germination which takes 5-7 days. Do not exclude light, as this helps germination. Once germinated, grow pumpkins on in cooler conditions until all risk of frost has passed and pumpkin plants are large enough to be transplanted outdoors. Gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 – 10 days before planting pumpkins outdoors in warm, well drained, humus rich soil in full sun, with shelter from winds. Choose a spot that receives at least 6 hours of direct sun per day.
Alternatively direct sow pumpkins outdoors from late May to June at a depth of 2.5cm (1”) and a distance of 1.2m (4’) apart. Sow 2 seeds per hole and thin out the weakest seedling per station after germination. Pile the soil into mounds about 15cm (6in) high. Plant each pumpkin plant on top of a mound to ensure good drainage and keep them well watered until they are established. Feed with a general fertiliser a few weeks after planting.
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