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If there is an undesirable cross pollination of a gourd with a toxic variety, the unhealthy content of cucurbitacin is noticeable only in the semen. It follows that pulp of this year's plants is not affected. However, if you use the pumpkin seeds as seeds for cultivation next year, spreads in these fruits, the poison content. The effort of a manual fertilization is therefore only necessary if the seeds of reproduction are to serve. When purchasing certified seeds from specialist retailers, such concerns are pointless.
Ornamental gourds sometimes contain a harmful content of cucurbitacin. This bitterness causes discomfort that nobody wants to suffer. Since the distinction between edible and toxic is more than uncertain, the taste test is a reliable way to identify a poisonous specimen. Anyone who is familiar with the toxic variety name, can save the bite in the raw pulp. About 20 varieties are guaranteed rich in unhealthy bitter substances, such as the crown and claw gourds. Hobby gardeners are also confronted with the problem of an unwanted cross-pollination of squash with ornamental pumpkins. They deliberately prevent this danger by means of manual pollination.
Worth knowing about ornamental gourds in the near futureOrnamental gourds vs. squashes
- Due to the large variety of pumpkins, edible fruits are not always easy to distinguish from toxic ones.
- Since the inedible pumpkins contain bitter substances, the poisonous fruits can be easily recognized by a taste test.
- The consumption of inedible pumpkin fruits should be avoided at all costs.
- Stomach pain, headache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are the typical symptoms.
- Visually, ornamental squash of edible pumpkins usually differ in size. Ornamental gourds are smaller and have a very hard shell.
- Virus diseases are usually recognized by the changes in the leaves.
- The disease manifestations are shown by curled, yellow spotted or torn leaves.
- Virus diseases on pumpkin plants are transmitted by aphids. Affected plants should be removed quickly.
- Control can only be done in advance by destroying the aphids.
- Common mildew is one of the most common bacteria and fungal diseases on pumpkin plants.
- The trade offers various effective plant protection products against fungi that are sprayed on the affected areas.
- Already four to six weeks after planting, the first fruits can be harvested.
- If the plants are healthy, the harvest can last into the autumn.
- The fruits should be harvested regularly and not too big so that they retain a good quality.
- A healthy pumpkin plant will produce about 25 to 30 fruits during the harvest season.
- The shell should not be damaged at harvest, as damage reduces the shelf life.
- Also, the stem should not be stopped because the pumpkin starts to rot otherwise.
- The cold-sensitive pumpkin is ideally stored cool, but not below 5° C.