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Heirloom pumpkin-, squash- and gourd seeds

In this category you will find seeds to grow your own pumpkins and squashes, which are particularly easy to cultivate and therefore an ideal testing ground for newbie gardeners, with little experience under their belts. However, pumpkins and squashes need to be cultivated on very nutrient-rich, humus soils, which will absorb warmth well and yet also have good water retention properties.
Loofah (Luffa cylindrica)
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Caigua, slipper gourd  (Cyclanthera pedata)
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Round Courgette, Rondini 'Tondo di Nizza' (Cucurbita pepo)
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Patisson blanc, French pumkin 'Custard White' (Cucurbita pepo)
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Fig Leaved Gourd (Cucurbita ficifolia)
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Hokkaido Squash 'Red Kuri' (Cucurbita maxima) organic
Organic certification
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Climbing courgette 'Tromboncino d'Albenga' (Cucurbita pepo)
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Bottle gourd, calabash 'Dipper' (Lagenaria siceraria) seeds
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Dumpling squash 'Sweet Dumpling' (Cucurbita pepo)
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Turban Squash (Cucurbita maxima)
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Golden Hubbard Squash (Cucurbita maxima)
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Winter Squash 'Marina di Chioggia' (Cucurbita maxima)
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Spaghetti Squash (Cucurbita pepo)
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Styrian oil pumpkin 'Herakles' (Cucurbita pepo var. styriaca)
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Pumpkin 'Musquée de Provence' (Cucurbita moschata)
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Pumpkin 'Gele Centenaar' (Cucurbita maxima)
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Butternut Squash 'Ponca' (Cucurbita moschata)
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Zucchini Cocozelle (Cucurbita pepo)
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with sweet corn, pole beans & Hokkaido squash seeds for growing your own traditional milpa cultivation
Organic certification Articles combined in set
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3 scary squash varieties, perfect for carving your Jack O'Lantern
Articles combined in set Hot stuff
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The 'Cucurbitaceae' family originates - like so many vegetable plants - from Central-, and South America. Some domesticated pumpkin seeds from these regions have even been successfully backdated to 8000-10000 BC, which positions cucurbitaceae plants among the oldest cultivated crops. In Central Europe however, pumpkins and squashes only recently have risen in their popularity again.
The increasing celebration of the American festivity 'Halloween' and its highly popular ritual of pumpkin carving, probably moved them back to our attention. Fortunately, this opened a door for the rediscovery of the five different species for pumpkin/squash cultivars: 'Curcubita pepo' refer to summer squashes/pumpkins and winter squashes/pumpkins, such as courgettes, marrows, spaghetti squashes, gem squashes amongst others. 'Curcubita maxima' or giant pumpkins include for example the striking looking 'Turk's turban'. 'Curcubita moschata' include the popular butternut squash and some amusing looking crookneck varieties. 'Cucurbita ficifolia' are known under many English names such as: black-seed squash, cidra, fig-leaf gourd, Malabar gourd, pie melon, sidra or Thai marrow and last but not least 'Curcubita argyrosperma' are also often referred to as silver-seed gourd, Japanese pie pumpkin, pipian and cushaw pumpkin. In terms of shapes and colours, pumpkin and squash varieties nearly seem to have reached a state of uncountable diversity. Interestingly, pumpkins and squashes were at first purely cultivated for oil extraction from their seeds and not for food consumption.