Grown for the beautiful large flat seeds for eating or traditionally for pressing the seeds to make oil.
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NZH Grown for the beautiful large flat seeds for eating or traditionally for pressing the seeds to make oil. The flesh is not very nice and we have yet to find a human or animal who likes it! A few tips we have learned over the years of growing this pumpkin. If you are harvesting for seed purity best to hand pollinate, as it crosses with courgettes. Use at least three male flowers for every female flower as they seem to produce less pollen than courgette male flowers. Soak seeds overnight only before drying as any longer will cause them to sprout! These seeds also sprout readily if left to ripen in the sun. Store out of direct sunlight to mature for fully ripe seed.
Sow into trays in September/October. Prick out to 4cm diagonal spacing when true leaves appear. Transplant into fertile soil at 50cm diagonal spacing when chance of frost has passed.