Approximately 7-8 seeds per gram
Lady Godiva is one of the most popular naked-seeded pumpkin varieties that produce seeds without the hard shell. Most pumpkin and squash seeds develop a hard shell or hull that has to be removed for eating. A single plant will produce 12-15 yellow to orange 21 cm x 21 cm (8x8”) ball or oblong sized fruits that are striped with mottled green patches. The flesh is particularly stringy and not much good for eating. However, inside each pumpkin is up to one pound of green seeds. Pumpkin seeds contain manganese, tryptophan, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, protein, zinc, and iron and have many health benefits. Lady Godiva seeds can be roasted, dried and used on salads or just for snacking. They have a nutty, delicious flavor. It is difficult to open the mature pumpkins as the shells become very hard.
Start indoors from late April, or direct sow outside in May, when the last chance of frost has passed in your area. Sow the seeds 2 cm (1”) deep, and maintain temperature around 18°C (65°F). The soil temperature should be around 15°C (60°F). Sow 2-3 seeds per hill, or in small pots, and keep the strongest seedling or keep all germinated seeds and plant together in a hill. Germination takes about 7-14 days, depending on the soil temperature. Transplant the plants into bigger pots when large enough to handle and keep them inside the greenhouse. Gradually acclimatize the plants before planting outside. Space hills or transplants 1.2 m (4’) between the plants. If you have more space, you can increase distance from plants. Pumpkin plants prefer sunny locations and very rich soil.
- Soil Conditions: Well worked rich, loose well-drained soil. Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8.
- Planting Depth: Sow Pumpkin seeds 2 cm (1”) deep.
- Germination: 7-14 days.
Height at Maturity: 45-61 cm (18-24") tall. Spread: 122 cm (4’).
- Days to Maturity: 90-110 days for maturity from direct sow.
Watering: 2.5 cm (1") of water a week ensures good growth, whether pumpkins are grown in single or wide rows. The amount of rain that falls during the week affects how much you should water your garden. Spooky pumpkin only requires moderate watering, do not over water. The trick is to only water pumpkins when they require it. Check the soil moisture levels with a trowel or a hoe and as long as you can see the moisture and your plant looks happy, you do not need to water. It is important to not get water on any of the leaves. Use drip irrigation if available, and water in the morning instead of late in the evening. This simple technique will help prevent fungal diseases like powdery mildew.
- Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing after Thinning: Thinning is generally not required for 2-3 plants per hill, but you can thin to the strongest plant every 1.2 m (4’) of hill. Rows should be planted 1.5-2.5 m (5-8’) apart.