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Title: Pumpkin - gourd variety trial, summer 1988
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Title: Pumpkin - gourd variety trial, summer 1988
Series Title: Central Florida Research and Education Center research report - Central Florida Research & Education Center ; SAN-89-11
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Language: English
Creator: Hancik, Ivalou D.
White, J. M.
Affiliation: University of Florida -- Central Florida Research & Education Center
Publisher: Central Florida Research & Education Center, IFAS, University of Florida
Publication Date: 1989
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Research Report SAN 89-11 November 1988

Pumpkin/Gourd Variety Trial, Summer 1988

Ivalou Hancik and J. M. White


A replicated pumpkin and gourd variety trial was conducted at
the Central Florida Research & Education Center, Sanford, FL,
during the summer of 1988.

Although current pumpkin production in Florida accounts for
a miniscule percentage of total statewide vegetable production,
there is significant demand for this commodity, as evidenced by the
tonnage of pumpkins shipped to Florida from other areas, to justify
an evaluation of the commercially-available varieties.

Materials and Methods

Twenty-four lines of pumpkin and six lines of gourd were
evaluated for their suitability to Central Florida growing,
Conditions. Pumpkins ranged in size from miniature to very large;
gourds were assorted shapes and sizes. Prior to planting,
dolomitic lime (1 ton/A), 6-6-6 fertilizer (500 lb/A), and furadan
(2 lb a.i./A) were applied to the field.

A pre-emergence application of Command at a rate of 1 lb
a.i./A, was made on July 14, 1988. Seeds were planted by hand in
hill on a Myakka fine sand on July 14. Single-row pumpkin and
gourd plots were 20 ft. wide and 25 and 20 ft. long, respectively.
Approximately 4-5 seeds were planted on hills 2 ft. apart;
seedlings were thinned on July 25 to one hills every 4 ft. with two
plants per hill. The field was drenched with Ridomil (3/8 lb
a.i./A) at planting time.

Sidedress applications of 6-6-6 and 10-4-10 were made during
the first month after planting. 'A weekly disease control program
was initiated which included alternating fungicide (Bravo) and
fungicide/insecticide (Bravo + Pydrin) sprays.

Plants began to flower on August 8. Plots were harvested on
October 12. All fruit was harvested, regardless of maturity.
Pumpkins were weighed, counted, and measured. Gourds were weighed
and counted (Tables 1 & 2).

Results and Discussion

Excessive rainfall (7.51 in.) during the first week of
September made it impossible to apply the weekly fungicide









treatment to the pumpkins/gourds. As a result, a severe disease
problem (especially powdery mildew) began to spread through the"
field. Although some lines possessed moderate disease tolerance,
(Munchkin, Jack-Be-Little, and Large Sorts Gourd Mixture), others
were severely damaged by disease (Spirit and Small Warted Gourd
Mixture). In general, disease pressure significantly reduced
yields (number and size) of pumpkins and gourds, making meaningful
statistical analysis of these results impossible.

The miniature pumpkins and several of the gourd lines produced
large numbers of mature fruit being less adversely affected by
disease pressure than the standard Jack-O-Lantern type pumpkins.
An experimental line of pumpkin, PSX 10295, outyielded all other
entries in the trial and possessed some degree of disease
tolerance; fruit was oblong/oval and pale peach in color (Kentucky
field type).

The results of this study re-enforce the importance of strict
disease control for successful pumpkin production in Florida.
Miniature pumpkins and certain gourd lines seemed more suited to
central Florida growing conditions and may be a viable option for
local growers.

Seeds were obtained from the following:

Abbott & Cobb, Inc.
P. O. Box 307
Feasterville, PA 19047

Agway, Inc.
P. O. Box 4741
Syracuse, NY 13221

Harris Moran Seed Co.
Moreton Farm
Rochester, NY 14624

Johnny's Selected Seeds
305 Foss HIll Road
Albion, ME 04910

Musser Seed Co., Inc.
P. O. Box 1406
Twin Falls, ID 83301

Petoseed Company, Inc.
P. O. Box 4206
Saticoy, CA 93004

Twilley Seed Co.
P. O. Box 65
d Trevose, PA 19047









Table 1. Pumpkin variety trial results, Sanford, FL

p V4 AY l


Cultivar


Source


No. Wt.(cwt)


Summer 1988.


Mean fruit
Wt. (b)


Fruit size (cm) diam
Polar Equitorial


Autumn Gold
Funny Face
Autumn Gold
Funny Face
Half Moon
Jack-Be-Little
87S259
Autumn Gold
Jack-Be-Little
New England Pie
Autumn Gold
Connecticut Field
HMX 4681
Thomas Halloween
Baby Pam
Spirit
Spirit
Trick or Treat
PSX 10295
Pankow's Field
Wck Pot
rookie
Howden
Munchkin


Twilley
Twilley
Abbott & Cobb
Abbott & Cobb
Abbott & Cobb
Abbott & Cobb
Musser
Musser
Johnny's
Johnny's
Johnny's
Johnny's
Harris Moran
Agway
Agway
Agway
Petoseed
Petoseed
Petoseed
Harris Moran
Harris Moran
Harris Moran
Harris Moran
Harris Moran


Table 2. Gourd variety trial results, Sanford, FL


- Summer 1988.


Yield/acre Mean fruit
Cultivar Source No. Wt.(cwt.) Wt. (Ib) Description


Ornamental round/oval, orange,
(small mixed) white & green/white
Gourds Johnny's 3376 11.40 0.34 stripes

Spoon Gourd orange/green,multi-colored
1968 1226 Harris Moran 5118 6.94 0.13 with curved necks

Large Sorts pale green, flat, teardrop,
Mixture Harris Moran 6098 77.57 1.23 and club-shaped

Small Sorts assorted size, shapes,
Mixture Harris Moran 3811 6.50 0.15 and colors

ar-shaped green/orange w/curved neck
-color Gourd Harris Moran 10,854 13.03 0.12 green w/white stripes

Small Warted vines were short-lived and
Gourd Mixture Harris Moran 0.00 0.00 0.00 did not produce fruit.


407
116
551
116
116
4733
58
610
3426
261
549
174
320
145
58
0
233
87
1220
58
29
116
203
1655


17.22
4.50
20.50
4.36
3.72
12.43
3.05
22.89
7.87
8.70
20.45
11.30
16.38
4.44
2.47
0.00
8.69
3.83
55.99
3.37
1.22
3.72
4.53
3.25


3.99
2.58
2.50
3.47
2.13
0.26
1.75
3.57
0.23
3.43
3.65
6.92
3.26
2.13
1.42
0.00
4.00
1.47
4.60
1.93
1.40
1.07
1.38
0.19


54.83
40.33
44.00
48.67
37.00
24.33
21.33
51.67
19.67
52.67
58.33
64.00
56.00
33.00
21.67
00.00
56.67
20.67
69.00
19.67
18.67
19.33
31.67
20.33


53.50
37.67
41.00
45.33
34.33
29.33
18.67
49.67
23.33
54.00
56.50
58.33
57.33
31.67
20.67
00.00
50.67
20.33
51.67
16.33
15.33
19.00
29.67
23.00




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