I’m fascinated with the genetic variation in what I’ve seen advertised as “Seminole Pumpkins.” The one on the left above was given to me by Alex Ojeda; the one on the left is the type I’ve been growing for a few years from seeds of an unknown pedigree (I think they may have been from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange).
The size is a big selling point for me: I don’t like dealing with a lot of little fruit when I can grow a lot of big fruit instead. That said, I would have to grow both varieties side by side in order to see if they have differences in their vigor and productivity.
There are also supposed to be green types – and my friend Mart Hale has a spotted variety with large fruit.
I’m planting a ton of different strains together, mixed with long-neck calabazas and other C. moschata pumpkins from the tropics. We’re going to just forgo all the silliness of guessing breeding and breed a HUGE SCARY FLORIDA APOCALYPSE PUMPKIN!!!
Until then, here’s a little video I just created comparing these two types of Seminole pumpkins:
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