Ornamental pumpkins are not grown for food but to obtain a decorative product. This does not mean that they should not be constantly watered as happens for the types intended for culinary use. Already from the very young seedling, in seedbed or in the open field, we will have to worry about wetting the soil frequently so that it does not dry completely. When the seedling has developed sufficiently we will be able to plant it by assessing whether seasonal precipitation is sufficient and whether it is appropriate to supplement it with additional irrigation. We will take care to irrigate taking care not to drown the seedlings. Puddles, in fact, are dangerous for the plant and can cause harmful rots to develop. With the arrival of summer, irrigation interventions will have to be more frequent.
How to take care of it
The ornamental pumpkins they need care like any other vegetable we grow to eat. The seeds must be chosen carefully, buying them from a nursery or taking them from ornamental pumpkins cultivate the previous season. In this case we will simply have to rinse the seed by gently handling it, let it dry and put it away from humidity to then sow it. Ornamental squash will appear after a couple of weeks, only if the temperature exceeds 12-15 ° C. Therefore it may be necessary to resort to the seedbed in a sheltered place, avoiding to put the seedling in place if it is feared that the last seasonal frost may arrive. Ornamental squash also needs a lot of space to grow, so it is advisable not to associate it with other plants that are too close together.
Soil and fertilization
For the cultivation of ornamental pumpkins the land must be prepared in advance. The digging and plowing operations will be carried out vigorously and in depth, to try to avoid the formation of clods. If necessary we can add universal soil, to ensure a lighter substrate, where we can transplant the ornamental pumpkin allowing the roots to penetrate easily. Also this type of plant, like the classic pumpkins, needs a land enriched with mature manure and compost. After the fertilization we will rake and mix the elements leaving them to rest to allow them to be completely absorbed by the soil. The subsequent harvesting operation from the seedbed and planting should be done with extreme caution so as not to ruin the delicate and young root system.
Ornamental gourds: Climate and adversity
Ornamental pumpkins, like plants for food use, need exposure to direct sunlight for most of the day. The ideal would be a dry climate, without extreme periods of prolonged drought but with a sufficiently hot summer. The very young seedlings fear the last winter frosts and it is therefore recommended not to plant them until, even at night, there are temperatures of at least 10 ° C. Ornamental pumpkins can be attacked by diseases and pests. We will be able to use specific products, since we will not eat them, being concerned only with using natural pesticides or in any case not dangerous for other plants in the garden. Ornamental pumpkins can be placed, for example, on the sides of a cultivation, perhaps next to a wooden fence on which they will climb easily.