Cucurbita pepo 'Ghost Rider'
pumpkin 'Ghost Rider'
A popular variety producing ball-shaped pumpkins with a thick, dark orange skin from 16-40cm (6-16in) in diameter, and 7-11 kg (15-24 lbs) in weight which store well. The flesh is bright orange and very sweet. Its regular shape makes it a good choice for halloween carving.
Ultimate height0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height1 year
Ultimate spread1–1.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
Colour & scent
- Full sun
South–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
- Potentially harmful
- If crop is bitter, don't eat. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
A small genus of climbing or trailing, annual herbaceous fruits. Several edible species are cultivated for food and other uses. Native to Central and South America. Solitary, star-shaped flowers are usually golden-yellow. Leaves are palmately lobed, covered with tiny, prickly hairs
- Name status
How to grow
Grow in fertile, moisture retentive but well drained, acidic to neutral soil in full sun. Sow indoors March to May in good quality seed compost. Sow the seeds on their side 1cm deep and maintain a constant temperature of 18-21C. Feed regularly with a high potassium fertiliser when the first fruits start to swell. See cucurbit cultivation for further advice
Propagate by seed. See sowing vegetable seeds or sowing seeds indoors for further advice
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Patio and container plants
No pruning required
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