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#1 User is offline   Crys 

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 03:55 PM

Just sowed some seeds few days ago... and babies out... ... :D/>

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f392/Elegans/Fruit%20Veg/Pumpkin-200408.jpg
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Posted 20 April 2008 - 10:22 PM

Hmmmm... just wonder what are you going to do with those plantlets...
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 10:44 AM

Zhabor... when it fruits, I want pumpkin soup!!! :lol:/>
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 11:13 AM

Crys, can i chope 2 for Halloween? :greenthumb:/>
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 11:19 AM

Which type of pumpkin are you growing?

I'm currently growing the crookneck pumpkin (see photos below) & the Japanese pumpkin (the one available at NTUC Fairprice).

3 weeks after pollination:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Pumpkin2.jpg

5 weeks after pollination:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Pumpkin4.jpg

My crookneck pumpkin most probably is from Cucurbita moschata Neck Group. It averages 33-35cm in length & weighs over 1kg.

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#6 User is offline   Crys 

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 08:12 PM

View Postbluefly, on Apr 20 2008, 10:22 PM, said:

Hmmmm... just wonder what are you going to do with those plantlets...


Er... ... :blush:/> I'm wondering now too... ... got six of them... :bangin:/> :bangin:/> :bangin:/>


View Postphilliptan, on Apr 21 2008, 10:44 AM, said:

Zhabor... when it fruits, I want pumpkin soup!!! :lol:/>


View Postcrazyjellie, on Apr 21 2008, 11:13 AM, said:

Crys, can i chope 2 for Halloween? :greenthumb:/>


You guys think too far liao... I got to sort out the "vine & space" issue first... ... :unsure:/> :P/>

Cheers!
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 08:16 PM

View PostWisteria, on Apr 21 2008, 11:19 AM, said:

Which type of pumpkin are you growing?

I'm currently growing the crookneck pumpkin (see photos below) & the Japanese pumpkin (the one available at NTUC Fairprice).

My crookneck pumpkin most probably is from Cucurbita moschata Neck Group. It averages 33-35cm in length & weighs over 1kg.



Mine is one of those "small & round" type selling at the wet market... ... ^_^/> Don't know the name... :D/>
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Posted 22 April 2008 - 12:15 AM

View PostCrys, on Apr 21 2008, 08:12 PM, said:

You guys think too far liao... I got to sort out the "vine & space" issue first... ... :unsure:/> :P/>

Cheers!

Eh, you know my job is Planner mah... so must plan ahead! :lol:/> remember dun hang down too far, else your downstair neighbours get them instead of you!
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Posted 24 April 2008 - 09:45 AM

View PostCrys, on Apr 21 2008, 08:16 PM, said:

I got to sort out the "vine & space" issue first... ...
Mine is one of those "small & round" type selling at the wet market... ... ^_^/> Don't know the name... :D/>


Hi Crys: If the harvested fruit is below 500g, you can grow the pumpkin in a large pot (at least 30cm in height). Place sticks in the pot & train the vines to go around them.
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Posted 26 April 2008 - 05:59 PM

View PostWisteria, on Apr 24 2008, 09:45 AM, said:

Hi Crys: If the harvested fruit is below 500g, you can grow the pumpkin in a large pot (at least 30cm in height). Place sticks in the pot & train the vines to go around them.


Thanks for your advice, just repoted the plantlets today... ... :D/>
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Posted 27 April 2008 - 10:47 AM

Crys, you will need one large pot for each seedling.

Pumpkins/squashes are divided into the vining, semi-bush or bush types. Growing the bush type will save space.
The crookneck pumpkin that I'm growing is the long vining type. I observe that my young Japanese pumpkin plants are showing the bush habit (just like most summer squashes).

Plant the seedlings in shallow saucerlike depressions and draw earth up around them for support as they grow. The best kind of pumpkin patch has soil, that in addition to being warm, is well-drained and fertile or high in organic matter. Keeping soil slightly acidic will ensure that nutrients are readily available for crop uptake.
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Posted 03 May 2008 - 10:41 AM

:lol:/> It's growing... ...

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f392/Elegans/Fruit%20Veg/Pumpkin-030508.jpg
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 12:46 PM

Can I know how to grow the japanese pumpkin? Is it from seeds? If yes, where can I get the seeds from? Can use those inside the pumpkin I buy from NTUC?

I'm interested to grow anything edible. :rolleyes:/>
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 03:14 PM

Hi jade, you can use the seeds from the pumpkin you bought from NTUC Fairprice to grow the Japanese pumpkin. That's where the seeds for my young Japanese pumpkin plants came from.

If you are growing it in a large pot, I would suggest you choose a smaller version pumpkin. The Japanese pumpkin available at the Fairprice outlet near my home is the >1.5kg type. I'm planting them in the ground. I had seen the <500g type of Japanese pumpkin being sold in another Fairprice outlet once.
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 04:46 PM

Er..Wisteria, how do I know what type they belong to? Look at the weight? Lol...sounds silly, I know.

Do I need to dry the seeds first (like Roselle)? Or just take them out of the pumpkin and put them into the soil?

How long does it take to germinate? Need to know so that I know when I can throw those non-germinating seeds away.
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 08:23 PM

Hi jade

There are many different types of Japanese pumpkins available in the wet markets & supermarkets. Look around the next time you do your grocery shopping. I once saw this small dark green variety (about 400g) at Fairprice. They really looked cute next to the usual large local & Japanese pumpkins. At first I was wondering if these little pumpkins were actually the large version ones being harvested prematurely. However, Japanese pumpkin is a winter squash & not a summer squash, so these little pumpkins have actually reached their full size.

The germination rate of the Japanese pumpkin seeds that I got from Fairprice was rather low. Only 2 out of 9 seeds managed to germinate & those 2 seeds germinated within 5 days. You only need to wash the seeds, pat them dry & you can sow them immediately.
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Posted 05 May 2008 - 07:08 AM

Thanks Wisteria, I've got to keep my eyes open the next round I visit the supermarket. ;)/>
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Posted 18 May 2008 - 04:25 PM

I've bought 2 very small Jap pumpkins, each probably the size of my palm or just slightly bigger.

I've removed some of the seeds and pat them dry with a paper kichen towel.

My question is, the seeds of these pumpkins are very young. They're soft, not like the hard kind of seeds in bigger Australian pumpkins. Can I still sow them? There seems to be a layer of covering/membrane around the seeds. Is that part of the seed or do I need to remove this membrane before sowing?
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Posted 25 May 2008 - 10:57 AM

I've tried sowing those soft pumpkin seeds that look like melon seeds. But I think they're really too young and soft, so I've given up on them.

A few days ago, I bought a piece of Organic Japanese Pumpkin. The size of the pumpkin is much bigger than that palm size fruit. I've sowed 5 of the seeds and they all germinated! :lol:/>

Have potted 2 of the seedlings. Need to get a few more pots for my 3 other seedlings. Hope they'll grow well in my shady balcony though.
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Posted 26 May 2008 - 10:31 AM

Hi Crys, how are your pumpkin plants?

My 2 Japanese pumpkin plants started flowering a few days ago (ie. 8 weeks after sowing). They behaved like bush plants for 6 whole weeks before displaying the vining habit. Within 2 weeks, the vines have grown to 2 metres long. Hopefully the female flowers will open this week. I have harvested the male pumpkin blossoms for cooking purpose.
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