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Decorative pumpkins

Special features and uses of decorative pumpkins

Decorative pumpkins are grown in the same way as edible ones, although depending on the type, they require more or less soil because some grow quickly, have very large leaves and even the fruits produced are of considerable size. Even if only the smaller ones are used in a permanent decorative way, drying them and then putting them in a basket or plate, to make Christmas wreaths, as an embellishment for a rustic country style, as a centerpiece, even as wedding favors, etc .. The pumpkins decorativetoday they can be found in different parts, in nurseries, in some supermarkets, in plant and flower shops. Thanks to the drying process, our pumpkins can last even more than a year, although during the process, some can get moldy, and therefore unfortunately have to be thrown away. In addition, some may lose their original color, lighten or have spots on the skin. If the drying process is instead completed in the right way, we will feel the pumpkins lighter, as the pulp inside will dry and only the seeds will remain, in turn dry.

In order for the drying operation to be done in the right way, first of all a small pumpkin must be chosen, with less water, so that they dry earlier and keep longer, and that does not have damaged skin, it must be washed with water and soap and well dried, a piece of petiole should be left, (which must be intact, otherwise bacteria could form and spread), the pumpkin tied and hung in a dry and well ventilated place, away from direct sources of heat. They must be hung so that they do not touch each other (therefore avoid putting them in a drying basket, because contact with the bottom would cause them to mold). The hanging pumpkins must remain like this for a month, and if a bit of mold appears, it must be removed immediately with a toothbrush. After about 7/8 days, they must be moved to a dark place where they will remain for another 5 months. Once ready, the decorative pumpkin should be coated with a transparent glossy varnish, in order to give it protection and shine. Once the desired pumpkin has been obtained, we can use it in various ways, it can also be inlaid, thus giving vent to the imagination.

Types of decorative pumpkins

The word pumpkin comes from “cocutie”, head. Among the most particular decorative pumpkins, there are the Baby boo, round, small and white, the Turban, also small, but at the top of which it has different colors, the Klein bicolor, which has the shape of a flask, with colors ranging from green, to bright yellow, even streaked. We still remember the Maxima, the Mochata and the Lagenaria cucurbit, which all have the shape of a flask. The Tromba di Albenga produces long courgettes, more swollen at the base, and is also edible. The yellow top Patisson, almost star-shaped, light yellow in color. The Pilgrim’s Bottle produces flask fruits, which dry out easily. The Avalon, with a smooth skin, the Vilina, with a wrinkled skin, the Marina di Chioggia, crushed and very wrinkled, the Frisco, which has smooth skin with furrows. And many more. But we can group them into four classes or groups: the wrinkled starry, the smooth starry, the bugnose (which have lumps on the skin) and finally the winged ones that have a very long neck. All of many colors and shades, striped or plain. Truly for all tastes.

Decorative pumpkins: Cultivation

Once our decorative pumpkins are ready, we can use them in different ways. There are some that remain stained, with a soft color, usually those in the shape of a flask, which seem “ancient” and which are perfectly suited for a rustic place, perhaps a mountain cabin, and go well with a country-style decor , with dark furniture, and splashes of color in the tiles. Some pumpkins, possibly the smallest ones, can be placed in a garland and hung on the doors at Christmas time. As for cultivation, pumpkins bear fruit once a year, and are renewed every cycle and can be found throughout our peninsula. . The seeds are placed in a seedbed and once transformed into seedlings, they are translated into the field, in spring, placed 2/3 in the furrow, at a distance of about 2 meters by 1 meter, at a depth of about 4 cm. Space is needed, as the plant grows a lot and quickly. We will have our fruits in the summer. During the whole period, the weeds will be removed manually, water regularly and fertilize (preferably with organic fertilizer).

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