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Styrian oil pumpkin 'Herakles' (Cucurbita pepo var. styriaca)

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Styrian oil pumpkin 'Herakles' (Cucurbita pepo var. styriaca)
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Item number
1032
Seed quantity:
5 Pcs.
Botanical name:
C. pepo var. oleifera, Cucurbita pepo var. styriaca
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Description

The styrian oil pumpkin is a splendid example for fine plant breeding, South styrian farmers carefully selected and bred its crops since 1900 in to create todays variety.

Particular to this oil pumpkin are its 'thin-skinned' seeds, which are often classified as 'skin-less' seeds. However, 'soft-skinned' would be the more precise alternative and would explain well why it is so easy to extract its highly valued pumpkin oil from the seeds.
Although the pumpkin is eatable, its taste is rather plain and it is mostly appreciated for its flavoursome pumpkin seed oil.


Package with approx. 5 pumpkin seeds

Growing instructions

Start to grow the pre-culture in pots in April. After reaching their frost resilience past the 'Frost Saints' period in May, the seedlings can be transplanted outdoors. Good care needs to be taken of the seedlings delicate roots when planted at a distance of 20-35cm from each other, in rows, which ought to be 140-210cm apart. The styrian oil pumpkin grows well on nutrient-rich, permeable soils and thrives in warm climate and when regularly watered well.

Details: Plant description & care

Plant family:
Cucurbitaceae
Plant height approx.:
30–50 cm
Root system :
Shallow roots
Flower colour:
Yellow
Flowering period :
July, June
Location:
Sun
Water requirements:
Water moderately
Lifecycle :
Annual
Winter hardy up to:
10 °C

Sowing & cultivation

Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
April, March
Sowing time outdoors:
May
Sowing depth:
1 – 2 cm
Best germination temperature :
20 – 24 °C
Germination time in days:
1 – 7
Planting distance approx.:
150 – 200 cm
Maturation time (days):
120 – 150
Main harvest:
October, September

Companion planting

Bad intercropping partners:
Cucumbers, Dill, Potatoes
Good intercropping partners:
Broccoli, Corn, Marigold

Other names

German names:
Churbez, Chörbse, Kirbes, Sommerkürbis, Ölkürbis
English names:
Squash, Winter squash

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