The Seminole Pumpkin Project
This page is a resource for people interested in varieties of Seminole pumpkins and their genetics.
Over the last few years I’ve noticed a lot of difference in squash varieties named as types of Seminole Pumpkin. The line I’m growing is of unknown origin and routinely bears large, light tan and very sweet orange-fleshed fruit averaging 6-10lbs per pumpkin. Most are roughly round, some pear-shaped.
For reference, I’ve started collecting photos and details on the various lines, trying to include sizes, seed-sellers, growers, locations and whatever other data is submitted.
This is an ongoing project – if you are growing Seminole pumpkins, please submit your photos and all the information you have on their origins.
Seminole Pumpkins are a part of Florida’s heritage and are worth breeding, maintaining and sharing!
Seminole Pumpkin(s) #1: Faith Carr (Gainesville)
NOTES: Faith writes “2013 – Mine were pretty consistent as to type – From the 2013 Southern Heritage Seed Collective* – Spring/Summer Distribution.”
Interesting green and spotted mottling on these.
Seminole Pumpkin(s) #2: Shon Law (Longwood)
NOTES: Shon writes “I’m not that sure about my pumpkin varieties. Here’s a bunch.”
Looking at this selection and the top two orange specimens, they seem to be C. pepo and C. maxima varieties, not C. moschata as a true Seminole pumpkin would be. Note the thicker stems without the deep scalloped indentation common to C. moschata.
Seminole Pumpkin(s) #3: Kelly Carvallis (Gainesville)
These have a bit of white patterning on the fruit that some Seminole Pumpkin cultivars lack. They also exhibit good-sized fruits.
Seminole Pumpkin #4: Alex Ojeda (Jacksonville)
NOTES: Alex writes “I
planted Seminole pumpkins last year (2014) and this is what I got. Does it
look like anything any of you are familiar with? Two possible choices
here. I have a Seminole hybrid itself with another squash somewhere or I
got my home grown seeds confused with something else. Whaddaya think?
I’ve never gotten these before…”
Possibly a cross. Joe Pierce in Micanopy (owner of the Mosswood Farm Store) also has lock-necked types in his garden as of 2015.
Michael Adler, formerly of the Edible Plant Project in Gainesville notes in regards to long-necked types: “EPP
once sold a batch of seeds that had crossed with neck pumpkins, because
we ran out of seeds we knew were uncrossed. Sometimes it’s hard to
find enough seeds to distribute. Now there are necky Seminoles running
around in the community.”
This variety could be worth inbreeding to create a new line with thick necks, comparable to the good flesh to seed cavity ratio found in butternut cultivars but with Seminole Pumpkin vigor.
Another specimen given to me by Alex was a much smaller non-necked pumpkin similar to those I’ve seen at the Marion County Extension:
Seminole Pumpkin #5: Andi Houston (Gainesville)
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The green-skinned types can be found in online photos; however, Andi’s is the first one I’ve seen growing in this area.
Seminole Pumpkin #6: Ariana Rollins (Anthony)
NOTES: Ariana writes “They came from you (David The Good).” Crop of 2013.
These seeds originated at the Edible Plant Project, not from my personal unknown line. I shared a packet I had acquired in 2013. Definitely the smaller buff strain. Similar to those I’ve seen shared at the Marion County Agricultural Extension.
Seminole Pumpkin #8: Mart Hale (Summerfield)
NOTES: Mart writes “They are amazing. And ya the genetics are wild at times.” Seed source: Just Fruits and Exotics.
Mart’s pumpkins are similar to my line; however, they often exhibit some white blotching and spots.
Seminole Pumpkin #9: David The Good (Sparr)
Seminole Pumpkin(s) #10: Lynn Dufour (Oklawaha)
David…top one is from a friends garden, i got 10 cups of processed
pumpkin from it…bottom is from the vine i planted last year (got it at
326 ) seeds from top one planted now and doing well…both weigh in
around 10-12 lbs ( weigh way more than gallon of water, for sure).”
Seminole Pumpkin #11: Ola Lindefelt (Miami)
guy, I believe, crossed with a calabaza growing in the vicinity. The
original Seminole from BC, and the calabaza from a friend (heirloom
source) in Miami.”
Seminole Pumpkin(s) #12: Linda Krausnik (Ocala)
Seminole Pumpkin(s) #13: Rick (Summerfield)
my parents’ garden, but I can’t guarantee that nothing else made it in
there. Totally not sure why some of them are green. I find it surprising there was such variety in the…uh neckedness. One was almost as flat as a tan cheese, and one looked almost like a squash.”
Seminole Pumpkin #14: Edible Plant Project (Gainesville)
NOTES: Purchased at the Union Street Farmer’s Market for a ridiculous $10. Vendor told me seeds originally came from the Edible Plant Project. Larger than some of the ones I’ve seen but not as big as Mart Hale’s or my line.
Seminole Pumpkin(s) #15: Jennifer M. (Brooksville)
NOTES: Jennifer writes “Here are a couple of the pumpkins I grew last year in Brooksville. I purchased the seed from Southern Seed Exchange and they performed great. I am growing more this season from seed harvested from last years pumpkins as well as the remainder of the seed packet from Southern Seed, so we’ll see how they compare.”
Seminole Pumpkin(s) #16: Lyda (Ft. Lauderdale)
Seminole Pumpkin(s) #17: Robert S. (Titusville area)
NOTES: Robert writes “Here’s what I’ve picked so far. These 5 are a combined weight of 11 pounds. The biggest one is 4 pounds. Got one more on the vine that’s even bigger, it needs a few more days. All this off of one main plant that has run 30+ feet. Unfortunately this blasted early heat wave is dropping all of my blooms right now so not sure when I’ll get any more. Seeds originally came from Baker Creek Heirloom (rareseeds.com) two years ago. This years plants are from seeds saved from those original plants. These pumpkins are quite a bigger bigger than what I got last year. I’m thinking they’ve crossed with something else? I’ve had Acorn Squash growing in the vicinity…… Hope this helps with your project.”
Seminole Pumpkin(s) #18: Dan and Stephanie F. (Jacksonville)
NOTES: These look like the common small type I’ve gotten from the extension office. Dan reports that the vines went “crazy,” which fits the vigor reported by all Seminole pumpkin growers. The one thing that looks different on these is the bunny ears on the pumpkin to the far left. I haven’t seen bunny ears on a Seminole pumpkin before – perhaps it’s a trait worth breeding for.
(Dan also writes “My kids have watched the water chestnut video so many times. They think you’re hilarious. I save your site until last everyday when I do my internet browsing. Saving the best for last.”)
Thanks, Dan – I really appreciate it. I love seeing children that are interested in gardening.
Seminole Pumpkin(s) #19: Gene Smith
Gene writes: “I grew out a butternut/Seminole cross this year from 2014 seeds from Twin Oaks seed farm in Virginia, I think they were f4 generation. They had a lot of variability, some neck pumpkins up to 16 lbs, some butternut shapes and some with long necks. Good taste! The important thing to me was they were totally resistant to Downey mildew, probably because they out grew it, vines were huge! I’m in Greenville SC, not Florida. I bought them from a coop, Seedwise and have saved some seeds, plus will order the F5 from them for 2016. The green ones are Geramoun Martinique from Baker Creek, the rest are butternut/Seminole cross from this summer. The cut one weighed 16 lbs.”
Here are the green Geraumon Martinique pumpkins Gene also grew: