Red Kuri (Hokkaido Orange) or Potimarron Pumpkin
Photo Story by Susan Kramer
When picked this Hokkaido orange or Potimarron
pumpkin was 18 inches (46cm) around
and weighed just under 1 kilo or about 2 pounds. It was 94 days to maturity. We live at the 52nd latitude and have a town size garden 20 feet wide by 60 feet deep.
Following is the pumpkin story by Susan Helene Kramer told in photos and description -
1. The Hokkaido orange pumpkin seed was planted May 17 and the 1st one harvested August 12th - 94 days. The vine is at lower left in the photo below. I planted the seed in store-bought plant potting soil with a base of garden composted soil, at least 5 years old. I gave one feeding of MiracleGro after pumpkins started forming.
2. The vine started climbing the palm tree
and the fence so I built this trellis on the east facing fence out of bamboo
canes, mostly, to support the vines. The trellis is slanted toward the fence.
See our male resident blackbird atop the gate watching ...
3. Here is the trellis all ready for the
vines to be carefully woven upon it.
4. You can see some very beginning pumpkins in the photo below.
5. Just after placing the vines on the trellis. I used 2 inch wide strips of bubble wrap to secure the vines.
6. Do you see the big white circle - it
surrounds the 1st pumpkin harvested and in the photo at the top of the page.
7. Here is the 1st pumpkin harvested. I hung it in an empty onion sack and ran the wire through the top of the sack. It is drying out by hanging from a rafter in the garden shed where it does not freeze. It is sitting here only for the photo session. We're going to eat it on Thanksgiving Day.
8. Here I am, eyes almost closed as usual, displaying our 1st pumpkin.
9. Our most prolific zucchini plant, growing on the other side of the pathway from the pumpkin - it produced 10 fruits a foot long each when I harvested them.
page updated August 24, 2012; June 23, 2015