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Cucurbits

Pumpkins, Melons, Cucumbers, Gourds


More to come in future updates. Meanwhile, check out the links below for further information.

News

Record-breaking one ton pumpkin

The world pumpkin record has been broken in the USA with a 2009 pound (945kg) champion grown by Ron Wallace. That's more than a ton in US measurement (or a little under a metric ton). See pictures at BigPumpkins.com: 2012 - Ron Wallace and his 2009 pound World Record! (2012)

U.S. pumpkin champion 2010
After only 4 years growing giant pumpkins, Ron Root has triumphed in The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in California with a 1,535 pound (691 kg) 'Atlantic Giant'. However, he failed to beat the world record, set by a 1725 pound (776 kg) fruit in 2009. (October 2010)

Links

The following links have been provided for general information. The particulars of growing these crops successfully will vary depending on your location, especially with respect to pests and diseases and their treatment. If in doubt, check with local authorities for current information on permissable pesticides, and always follow directions on the label of any products you may purchase. (see also Pests and Diseases).

More general information about vegetables here: Vegetables

Cucurbits (General)
Cucurbits The Pollination Program, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Australia
Intercrossability of Cucurbit Species N.C. State University, North Carolina
Diseases of cucurbit vegetables NSW Department of Primary Industries
Zucchini pest:The Pumpkin beetle The Florez Nursery blog, NSW
Plant pathology: Mosaic virus of Zucchini The Florez Nursery blog, NSW
Assisting pollination in the garden Charlotte County UF/IFAS Extension Service, Florida (PDF)

Pumpkins and Squash
Pumpkins and grammas: commercial production Dept Primary Industries & Fisheries, Queensland
Commodity growing guides - Pumpkin NSW Department of Primary Industries
Organic Pumpkin and Winter Squash Production National Center for Appropriate Technology (USA)
Pumpkin Nook dedicated to everything about pumpkins
BigPumpkins.com Website about growing giant pumpkins
How to grow a monster pumpkin Extension Service Garden Hints, Oregon State University
Squash Display (Illustrations of many varieies) Missouri Botanical Garden
'Tatume': The Squash of Many Names (also called 'Calabacita') Texas A&M University
Squash Blossom Drop Purdue University
Pumpkin and Squash in: Insect Pollination Of Cultivated Crop Plants. USDA Agricultural Research Service
Storing Pumpkins Washington State University Clark County Extension
Storing Winter Squash and Pumpkins North Carolina State University

Cucumbers
Cucumber and Gerkin in: Insect Pollination Of Cultivated Crop Plants. USDA Agricultural Research Service
Growing cucumbers Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture
Easy Gardening...Cucumbers Texas A&M University
Cukes for backyard gardens Charlotte County UF/IFAS Extension Service, Florida (PDF)
Cucumis sativus Ecocrop database, Food and Agriculture Organization
Cucumber and Gherkin from: Insect Pollination Of Cultivated Crop Plants, United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service
Fresh Market Production Cucumbers North Carolina State University
Cucumber Breeding at NC State North Carolina State University

Zucchini
Zucchini fruit rotting Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture
Growing Zucchini Marrows Victoria Department of Primary Industries
Summer Squash Production (including Zucchini) North Carolina State University

Watermelon
Watermelons: commercial production Dept Primary Industries & Fisheries, Queensland
Growing Seedless Watermelon University of Florida
Watermelon University of Illinois
Seedless watermelon good eating to soothe the summer heat includes some info on how seedless varieties are produced. Texas A&M University
Seedless Watermelon University of Illinois Extension
Watermelon - Growth (Fruit splitting) Walter Reeves. Georgia
Watermelons - Ripe When? Walter Reeves. Georgia
How to choose the best watermelon University of Florida (PDF)
Watermelon (and Stockmelon, Pie Melon, or Citron Melon) in: Insect Pollination Of Cultivated Crop Plants. USDA Agricultural Research Service
Watermelon Breeding North Carolina State University
Powdery mildew of melons (watermelon, rockmelon and honeydew) Dept Primary Industries & Fisheries, Qld
Fusarium wilt of melons (watermelon, rockmelon and honeydew) Dept Primary Industries & Fisheries, Qld
Viruses affecting melons (watermelon, rockmelon and honeydew) Dept Primary Industries & Fisheries, Qld
Bacterial fruit blotch of melons (Watermelon, rockmelon and honeydew) Dept Primary Industries & Fisheries, Queensland

Rockmelon, Honeydew
Melon The Pollination Program, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Australia
Growing rockmelons and honeydews: Before you start Dept Primary Industries & Fisheries, Qld
Growing rockmelon and honeydew: Common questions Dept Primary Industries & Fisheries, Queensland
Muskmelons (Cantaloupes) North Carolina State University
Melon Breeding at NC State North Carolina State University
Muskmelon in: Insect Pollination Of Cultivated Crop Plants. USDA Agricultural Research Service

Choko
Most Queenslanders know this familiar backyard vegetable as "Choko". It's more commonly known internationally as "Chayote". Although it's actually a cucurbit, it differs from other familiar members of that family in having a single-seeded fruit (which is planted whole to propagate) and a perennial habit.
Chayote - A Small, Multipurpose Squash Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, New york
Neglected crops 1492 from a different perspective FAO Plant Production and Protection Series, no.26. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. See section on Chayote (Sechium edule), in additon to the many other interesting species covered in this publication)
Chayote in: Insect Pollination Of Cultivated Crop Plants. USDA Agricultural Research Service
Chayotes in Alabama? Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Chayote Texas A&M University
Unusual Vegetables - The Chayote University of Florida
Early experiences with the chayote Discusses work in the early part of the 20th century attempting to commercialise chayote in the USA. Reproduction of a 1948 article, Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society (PDF)
Sorting Sechium names Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database, University of Melbourne
Possible Misspellings: Chokos, Chokoes, Chokeo, Choke-o

Others
Asian Melons Northern Territory Government, Department of Primary Industry, Fisheries and Mines
Loofahs, gourds, melons and snake beans Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation, Australia (PDF)
Grow Your Own Sponges (luffa gourd) University of Illinois
Luffa Sponge Gourds: A Potential Crop for Small Farms at the Center for New Crops & Plant Products website
Vegetable Sponge in: Insect Pollination Of Cultivated Crop Plants. USDA Agricultural Research Service
Luffa Gourd Breeding North Carolina State University
Cucumis metuliferus, Cucurbitaceae (African horned melon, Kiwano) at A Digital Botanic Garden (blog, UK)
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