This spring and summer so far has been exceptional for growing one of my favourite vegetables, Queensland Blue Pumpkins.
So that my overseas readership doesn’t get too confused, in Australian English, the word pumpkin is what we use for all form of winter squash. These beauties are no exception.
|Queensland Blue to the left and right (Australian butter top and bottom)
|Qld Blue seedlings on the left
However, there are a few more conditions necessary for this vegetable to thrive.
|Pumpkins on left after two months growth (early Nov)
|Qld Blue three months growth – starting to run everywhere
|The first fertilised pumpkin
Space – Most pumpkins or winter squash need lots of room to grow. Not necessarily where the roots are located, but enough room to allow the plant to send out runners on which the pumpkin grows. The great thing about pumpkins is that the vines will grow vertically as they have tendrils that grip on to objects really tightly. You don’t need to train them upwards, they just do it all by themselves. However to promote lateral growth on which the female flowers of the pumpkin develops, you need to pinch off the growing tip of the runner after it reaches about five metres long. This tip really does help to increase the plant’s output.