Pumpkin, Musquee de Provence
Favorite pumpkin of chefs.
A beautiful heirloom from the south of France with large 20 lb. flattened fruits that are heavily ribbed. Green when immature, they turn a lovely deep brown when fully ripe. The deep orange flesh is a particular favorite of chefs for its fine flavor.
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Order: 1 Pkt.(10 Seeds)
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
How to Sow
- Sow in fertile, warm soil after danger of frost has passed.
- Sow seeds directly in the garden.
- Give large-fruited pumpkins plenty of room to ramble.
- For improved drainage sow in mounds, or hills of soil 12 inches in diameter, 6-8 inches tall.
- Sow in groups 4-6 seed about 3 inches apart. Each group should be about 4-6 feet apart. Cover with 1 inch of fine soil and firm lightly.
- Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
- Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
- Do not plant pumpkins and other squash family crops in the same spot 2 years in a row.
How to Grow
- Thin seedlings to 2-3 per group when they are 1-2 inches high
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
- Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
- Pumpkins are “dioecious” having both male and female flowers on the same plant. Male flowers will open first and the female flowers will open later.
- Do not move or step on vines as they are quite fragile.
- Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
- If you are trying to grow extra-large pumpkins, allow only one fruit per plant to mature.
- Beds of vigorous, sprawling pumpkin vines can be bordered by corn, towering pole beans, sunflowers and other trellised or vine vegetables.
Harvest & Preserving
- Pumpkins are ready to harvest when the rinds are hard and a rich shade of orange or white depending on the variety.
- If a light frost kills the vines, the pumpkins are ready to harvest. Pumpkins are damaged by heavy frost.
- Cut pumpkins from the vine with a pruning shears, leaving about 3 inches or stem attached
- Allow the pumpkins to cure in the sun for a week to harden skin.
- Store pumpkins in a cool dry place.
- Roast the seeds for a tasty snack.
Days To Maturity100-110 daysFruit Weight20 poundsSunFull SunSpread6-8 feetHeight24-30 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpringSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin6 feetLife CycleAnnual
Pumpkin, Musquee de Provence is rated out of 5 by 2.Rated 1 out of 5 by PeterK2003 from Blossomed all summer long but never got a pumpkin I got them planted a little late b/c of the late spring here and I should have watered them more but i still think i should have got something on them. The vines grew to about 18in and I had blossoms all summer long(Even late in sept.) but never got a pumpkin on them. I was really disappointed cause they look really cool. I might try again next year. I can't give them more than 1 star since the idea is to get pumpkins which I did not.Date published: 2014-09-26Rated 5 out of 5 by gethhyn from Strong grower These seeds germinated quickly and all of them sprouted. They are a strong grower and hold up well to the heat and heavy rains here in South Florida. So far they are growing quite well. They are just starting to produce buds, so I am hopefull that I will have pumpkins growing soon. being that it is South Florida, I never know what is trong enough to make it here. I have grown a few things that are not supposed to make it this far south, I hope this is one of those things.Date published: 2012-05-09