Buttercup produces dark green pumpkins with a grey button where the flower formed. The fruits are medium sized in the 2 to 3 kg range which means they can mature a bit quicker in the cooler summers of Tasmania. Flesh is a deep orange with a nice nutty and sweet taste.
May produce 10 pumpkins per vine in a warmer summer. Plant some flowers around the vines to aide pollination (ie: marigolds, cosmos etc).
Sow – Germinates when soil temp >20C. Sow direct when a week of sunny weather is forecast from Nov on. To help lay black plastic down, cut an X and plant into that.
Spacing – 100cm (provide lots of water)
Native to North America (northeastern Mexico and the southern United States), pumpkins are one of the oldest domesticated plants, having been used as early as 7,500 to 5,000 BC.