Originally published in Midwest Vegetable Trial Report for 2008. Compiled by Elizabeth T. Maynard. Bulletin No. 2008-B18404. Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and Office of Agricultural Research Programs, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, Indiana. January 2009


"Pumpkins for decorative use are grown on more than 4000 acres in Indiana. Combined acreage in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio represents about a quarter of pumpkins grown for decorative use in the U.S. Successful pumpkin production requires the use of cultivars that yield well and produce pumpkins of the size, shape, color, and quality demanded by the market. Genetic resistance to the fungal disease powdery mildew is present in some varieties. This trial was designed to evaluate performance of pumpkin varieties in northern Indiana with and without treatment for powdery mildew. The trial included twelve jack-o-lantern size pumpkins, two small or pie pumpkins, and one mini-pumpkin. Also reported are yield and fruit characteristics for seven additional varieties grown in unreplicated plots."


variety trials, pumpkins, vegetables, Cucurbita pepo, powdery mildew, disease resistance

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