Ornamental pumpkins

How to irrigate

Ornamental gourds need a plentiful supply of water, doing infrequent but deep watering. It is very important to know that cold water causes a slowdown in the growth of pumpkins, as well as sudden drops in temperature. Since the stems are often subject to rotting, it is necessary to avoid watering the aerial parts and not create water stagnation, rather wet the earth around the plants a lot and infrequently, using water at room temperature, during the central and hottest hours of the day. . As for the harvest, it is carried out between September and October, when the plant dries up, five months after sowing. Ornamental pumpkins are exposed to the sun in a dry place to dry out and become more usable.

How to cultivate

To start growing ornamental pumpkins, first of all we need to get the seeds, then we prepare, during the winter season, the land where we intend to sow our pumpkins in the spring. The soil must be very rich in nutrients and close to a fence or a net, since pumpkins often need a sturdy support, or on the edges of the garden where the plants can come out with their leaves and cover the uncultivated and still parts. not used. As for the sowing of pumpkins, it must be done at the beginning of spring in a seedbed, using a soil suitable for sowing and inserting the seeds at a depth of two or three centimeters, checking that the tip is pointing downwards. To facilitate germination and eliminate the risk of them rotting,

How and how much to fertilize

Ornamental pumpkins are very demanding vegetables when it comes to fertilizing. In fact, it is necessary to bury five quintals of manure every hundred square meters, at a depth of forty centimeters during the preparation of the soil, as an alternative to manure it is possible to use well-ripened compost. In addition to fertilizing, weeding and hoeing are frequently required to circulate the air, clean the soil and keep the land free from weeds. Once the production has started, it is possible to administer potassium nitrate twice, waiting ten days between one fertilization and the other. It is not recommended to repeat the cultivation of ornamental pumpkins on the same ground before three years and can be successfully intercropped with the potato, tomato and bean.

Ornamental gourds: Possible diseases and remedies

Ornamental pumpkins have the same problems as edible pumpkin and courgettes, namely aphids, virosis and powdery mildew, in addition to the problem of just pumpkins called downy mildew. Aphids must be eliminated because they can transmit viruses that would seriously damage the plant, to defend themselves you must use clean and disinfected gardening shears before each pruning and harvesting. Powdery mildew, on the other hand, is a fungal disease that presents itself with a white powder on the foliage and causes pumpkins to rot, even after harvesting them. It is fought with sulfur administered in the morning and in the evening, thus avoiding the hottest hours. Downy mildew would lead the plant to death quickly and is prevented with copper directly on newly born seedlings.

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