Traditionally grown by native tribes in South Florida, the Seminole pumpkin remains one of the tastiest and most reliable pumpkins for Florida gardens.
It takes the summer heat and humidity in stride, and it's relatively pest- and disease-free. The fruits are often round and buff-colored, and the orange flesh tastes like butternut squash, but sweeter.
Plant seeds in the summer in North and Central Florida or in the fall in South Florida. The vines can grow up to 25 feet, so give them room to spread. The Seminole Indians planted them below trees that served as natural trellises, but planting yours in full sun would be better.
Harvest your pumpkins in 120 to 150 days, and store them in a cool dry place for up to a year.
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