Kabocha squash growing herbaceous creeping vine of the genus Cucurbita also known as Kabocha or Japanese pumpkin, Kabocha squash annual plant also used as ornamental fruit, can grow in mediterranean, subtropics, temperate or tropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 4+.
Leaves color green in round or heart shape with lobes.
Flower color is yellow, there are female and male flower.
Kabocha squash fruits
Fruits color dark green some can be with light green or orange, the shape round-top shape, weight is 1-3.5 Kg, and size 10-18 cm.
Seeds are white and edible after cooking.
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Requirements for Kabocha squash growing and care:
Recommend to watering on the ground and not watering on the leaves or the fruits, sometime need trellising but not must can grow as creeping vine
What is the best way to start growing?
Seedling / Seed
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Attacked easily, when the plant attacked in the base if not treatment well it will die
Pests and diseases:
Powdery mildew, aphids, moth, virus, beetles
No need. But possible all the season
How to prune:
Infected leaves needed to take out, also try to clean them
Size of the plant?
0.5-1.5 m, 20-60 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
General information about the flower
Yellow flower with five lobs, there are female and male flowers
Thinning the bloom:
Sometimes happened because disease or not enough water, or need hand pollination
Pollination is done by:
Bees and more pollinators, by hand
Fruit harvest season:
Fruits pests or diseases:
What can be done with big quantities of Kabocha squash fruits?
Cooked, baked, grilled, stir fry, stuffed
Work requirements on the fruit:
Sometimes need to keep it with space from the ground
How long does it take to bear fruit?
100-120 days (3-5 month)
Grow from seeds
Easy to sow no special treatment
Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry place
Depth of Sowing:
1-2 cm from the top
Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, full sun
Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water
Condition of seedling:
Warm weather, big amount of water, full sun, place to trellising
Do the seeds require burying?