Sweet Dumpling

Creamy and green fruits with a sweet flesh.
Common name : Sweet Dumpling
Scientific name : Cucurbita pepo 'Sweet Dumpling'
Family : Cucurbitaceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Annual
Sweet Dumpling is a vigorous, high-yielding variety squash with flattened ribs producing large sweet tender orange flesh fruits. It is a favorite of many gardeners for its delicate buttery flavour.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 10a
Height 50 - 60
pH 7

Identify my sweet dumpling

The sweet dumpling produces relatively spherical fruits flattened on the top, with lateral swellings in "quarters", measuring between 8 and 15 cm in diameter. It is rather "runner", so it is an adventurer which tends to send its lianas to explore the surroundings.

Sow my sweet dumpling

You can sow in open soil starting at the end of April, once the risk of frost has passed in your region, until the end of summer. Sow in seed holes (3 seeds in the same hole) 2 to 3 centimeters deep, leaving 100 cm of space between each seed hole. A single plant can easily take up 4 full square meters — needless to say, it can invade an entire garden. Water carefully, even spraying the substrate until sprouting. For inside seedlings, you can sow under shelter from March, avoiding the direct sun. You will avoid the stress of chasing slugs! Sow in pans, 3 seeds per pot, on a bed of gravel or clay balls to ease drainage and prevent the roots from rotting. Add special potting soil up to 2/3 of the height of the container and tamp lightly. Then fill to top. Sow at 2-3 centimeters deep. Water gently.

Prune my sweet dumpling

You can eventually prune the plants in order to maximize production. When the plant has produced five leaves per stem, pinch them off, leaving only two leaves on each stem. Once each stem has ten leaves, repeat, leaving cinq leaves on each stem. To finish, once the fruits have grown to a diameter of 5cm, pinch off all but two leaves about the fruit.

Plant my sweet dumpling

Starting in May, if there is no longer a chance of frost, and 3 weeks have passed after sowing under shelter, plant your squash in loose, cool, and rich soil in the sun (you can add fresh compost to the planting hole). Careful: squash needs to be pollinated in order to bear fruits. It is therefore necessary to have several plants — male and female! - to encourage the crop. Leave a space of about 2 square meters for a each plant. Water generously after planting and the following two weeks.

Mulch my sweet dumpling

Mulch between the plants one to two weeks after the final planting, using a natural mulch which holds in moisture. This will limit evaporation from the soil, and thus the need to water and to weed.

Water my sweet dumpling

Water the seedlings and new plantings two times a week without wetting the foliage! During the summer, watch out for signs of dryness, particularly leaves leaning towards the ground. Water generously, 2 or 3 times a week, and once less if you mulch, more if drought occurs. Water the base twice daily without wetting the foliage to prevent powdery mildew.

Weed my sweet dumpling

Weed regularly during the entire growth period, removing and renewing the mulch from time to time.

Reap my sweet dumpling

The harvest takes place in autumn, when the fruit takes on an orange hue, the skin hardens and the stalk becomes very dry. The fruits hate moisture from the ground — place a layer of dry straw mulch underneath them.

Check on my sweet dumpling

Watch for slugs which can devour the young plant in just one night. These pests can easily be diverted from your precious vegetables by an offering of beer or flour placed away from your crops (get the cheapest, they aren't very difficult to satisfy).

Remove my sweet dumpling

Once the last fruit is harvested, don't forget to pull out the plants to make room for autumn planting! Correctly remove the roots and avoid composting the remains if the foliage shows signs of disease.

Dibble my sweet dumpling

Starting in the beginning of May, once there's no more risk of freezing and 3 weeks after sowing if you sown under shelter, transplant in open soil - rich and deep and sunny. Make sure each plant has enough room - 1 m2 for each, water thoroughly after transplanting and for the following 2 weeks.

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