Gramma pumpkins have been grown in various parts of Australia for generations and have become part of our heritage. This variety of pumpkin is still very popular today and very easy to grow. In the kitchen it lends itself to a blend of uses such as baked, steamed, mashed, stir-fried and best of all as a desert in Gramma Pie.
Description; vigorous annual, spreading vine with large, slightly hairy green leaves. Fruits range in size from 30cms to 90cms in short pear shapes to horseshoe types.
How to Grow
Climate; needs warm conditions for optimum growth (20c to 35c). Plant in Spring after frosts, short summers are undesirable.
Soil; likes good, well drained soil. Dig in small amounts of compost or animal manure. PH should be between 5.0 to 6.5.
Planting; best planting time is Spring through to Autumn. Seeds can be started early indoors and planted early Spring. Sow direct outdoors when the soil is warm. Space seeds 50cm apart and cover with 2cms of soil. Mulching is beneficial, keep soil moist through growing season.
Harvest & Storage; fruits take 4 to 5 months to mature after planting. The pumpkin will have a greyish sheen and stalk attachment will be dried off somewhat. Store in a dry position on veranda or in house. Can be cooked and frozen.
Article courtesy of Greenpatch Organic Seeds, www.greenpatchseeds.com.au.