Pumpkin, Kabocha ‘Kurijiman’ F1
This is one of the main pumpkin varieties exported from Australia to the discerning Japanese market. It is a vigorous vine and can be sown earlier than other varieties as it will germinate in quite cool soil. ‘Kurijiman’ has a dark green skin and orange flesh. It stores well and the flavour is excellent.
When to sow: November
Where to sow: Direct sow
Depth to sow: 2cm
Aspect: Full sun or as sunny a spot as possible.
Soil: Prepared, well drained, fertilised soil. Add lime if soil is too acid.
Spacing: Between plants: 60cm; Between rows: 180cm
Directions: Plant 2 seeds per station after the danger of frost is over. October in warm districts, mid-November in cold ones. Thin to one seedling after germination. All pumpkins taste better if allowed to cure for a month or so after picking. Store them in the house lying on their sides in a dry place where the temperature rarely gets below 14C.