Pumpkins have been cultivated for centuries by Central and North American peoples. This delicious variety is bred for a naturally high sugar content which ensures wonderfully sweet flesh, delicious for pies, soups and roasting. The 1.5-2kg fruits are a practical size to grow and cook.
|How To Grow||
In a prepared garden bed. Sow seed 15mm (1/2in) deep direct in final position. Sow 3-4 seeds in clumps, later thinning to two strongest seedlings. Seedlings emerge 7-14 days. Allow 100cm (3ft) between rows and 50cm (20in) between clumps. Keep plants well watered.
|When To Plant||Spring to Summer all year in warm areas.|
|Harvest||Harvest: 16-20 weeks from sowing.|
|When to Sow/Plant||Spring, Summer|
|Soil Type||fertile, well drained|
Pumpkin & Mushroom Risotto
- 1 cup diced pumpkin
- 10 small mushrooms, sliced
- 1 tbs butter
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 onion diced finely
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
- 3 -4 cups hot stock (chicken or vegetable)
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Sauté the onion and garlic in butter and oil in a frypan. Add the rice and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Stir in the pumpkin and mushrooms.
- Once combined add 1 cup of the hot stock and cook at a gentle simmer, stirring frequently until the liquid is almost all absorbed. Add stock one cup at a time until the stock is all absorbed and the rice is tender. This takes about 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in the parmesan cheese and parsley. Season to taste.
Plant Size Guide
The plant in the photos is an example and an approximate guide only however we try to show an average sized example. Sizes, flowering state and colours change throughout the seasons and variation will occur. In summer & autumn, plants are often larger or the same size as than the example picture but around winter and spring, they can be a little smaller but still at a size similar to the example. We aim to update the pictures to reflect significant differences.
Plant Heights - because the plant's foliage must fit inside our Plant Cartons, the actual height of a plant's central trunk (meristem) will be shorter than the box it fits in.
Small Plants - 14cm wide nursery pot - 1 Litre volume - Plants fit in a 50cm tall box.
Medium Plants - 17cm wide pots either 2L hanging pot or 2.5L nursery pot - Plants fit in a 75cm tall box.
Large Plants - 25cm wide pot, 10L volume. Plants fit in a 100cm tall box.
XL Plants - Plants over 100cm tall in pot sizes specified, 25cm/10L or greater and are hand delivered within Auckland/Northland only.
Plant courier orders are processed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.
North Island orders are targeted overnight delivery, South Island orders are sent on a 2-day target but these are not a guaranteed delivery timeframe.
Add 1 extra day after a public holiday as well as for rural addresses or remote towns.
Monday - We send orders placed on previous Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
Tuesday - We send Weekend orders from previous Saturday & Sunday.
Wednesday - We send orders placed from Monday & Tuesday.
XL Plants are delivered only within urban Auckland & Whangarei and this service is for non-urgent orders. This excludes satellite destinations such as Beachlands, Pukekohe, Piha, Helensville etc and Whangarei Heads. We may deliver at any time Sunday, Monday, Wednesday or Thursday in Auckland and you need to have a sheltered accessible position for us to deliver to.
Plants in Transit
Each Small, Medium & Large plant is individually contained within its own protective cardboard Plant Carton which may be joined to other cartons in your order.
Plants typically take just a day or two to arrive, however they are usually fine in their cartons for 1-2 weeks, and many can go longer, so a few extra days are not usually cause for concern.
Whether it takes 1 or 7 days, let your plant recover from its journey by placing in gentle light and adding a little water and it will be back to its best within a couple of days. Let us know if there are any major issues via the contact page.