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Pumpkin, Cheyenne Bush

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This is a record of how long this particular set of seeds took to germinate and how they looked at various stages from first appearance to the development of the first set of true leaves and beyond. I hope this will prove useful.

Variety: Cheyenne Bush (Real Seed Catalogue)
Sown indoors: 2nd April 2013
First Seedling: 7th April 2013
Germination: 5 days

Cheyenne Bush newly emerged

Cheyenne Bush newly emerged

2 weeks old and the true leaves have appeared and are starting to grow

2 weeks old and the true leaves have appeared and are starting to grow

At 3 weeks, these seedlings are starting to put on some growth now but it will be several weeks before I will risk planting them out, due to the chance of late frosts:

Pumpkin, Cheyenne Bush  Pumpkin, Cheyenne Bush

At 7 weeks old, these two pumpkins are now in the ground with their empty pots beside them for easy and direct watering and feeding.

Pumpkin Cheyenne Bush

At 2 months old, the first flowers are appearing on the plant, although there is not much in the way of foliage as yet. This flower has a long, straight stem and is a male. Female flowers have small, embryonic pumpkins behind them. It is not unusual for squash plants to initially produce loads of flowers of one sex – it may seem like an endless wait but the other gender does appear eventually.

A male flower is forming

A male flower is forming

3 months old and I’ve spotted the first of the female flowers.

Pumpkin Cheyenne Bush

Another 10 days on and the flower has opened and shut again –  now it’s  case of wait and see if pollination was successful. As with all my squash varieties, I used a fine paint brush to help with the transfer of pollen from a nearby male flower to this one (details and photo’s on the Anna Swartz Hubbard post) but there were plenty of bees about.

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The female flowers on these plants are quite unlike any other pumpkin or squash variety I’ve grown, with an almost star shape to them in the way the flower opens. They are quite striking though. At first I thought it was a malformation of a flower on one plant but as all the female flowers from this variety are the same, I guess this is normal.

Pumpkin Cheyenne Bush Once successfully pollinated, pumpkins and squash grow very quickly. Mind you, sometimes a fruit will start to swell and grow only to stop for no apparent reason when they reach the size of an orange or grapefruit. I have documented the growth of individual squash or pumpkins on a separate post which can be found by clicking here.

Pumpkin Cheyenne Bush  Pumpkin Cheyenne Bush  Pumpkin Cheyenne Bush

I won’t be updating this post now until it is time to harvest pumpkins which should be in October but before the first frosts, so I will be watching the weather forecasts avidly from mid September.

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2 thoughts on “Pumpkin, Cheyenne Bush

  1. Out of no where I started to grow a squash or something like it. It’s growing a fruit. Some tips on care and pruning would be greatly appreciated

    • Hello, you don’t need to prune your plant at all if it’s a squash/pumpkin but to give your fruit the best chance to grow and mature, carefully lift it off the ground and put it onto a house brick, spare tile or something similar. This will help prevent slug attacks, rotting etc.

      Water the plant at the root base regularly but don’t drown it and give it a good liquid feed once a week. Once the fruit starts to change colour, cut back one or two leaves immediately near it to allow the sun to get to it.

      Don’t harvest until all the foliage has died back completely UNLESS a hard frost is forecast or it looks like the stem nearest the fruit is starting to rot. Try to leave as much stem attached as possible when you harvest it and never use the stem as a handle.

      Good luck and I hope this helps. Please ask if you need any more help but remember I am an amateur not a professional gardener 🙂

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