GENUS: Cucurbita SPECIES: pepo
Heritage Status: New Zealand
Bio-Region of Origin: Ruatoria/Ngati Porou
Number of Seeds: 10
Description: Gifted to us by Bill Blane who received it from his Koro (Koro Victor Richard Rangitukia), in Ruatoria, they are a mix of all his favourites, long ones and round ones. They are delicious eaten young as courgettes along with the male flowers and vine tips – or later when baked or in the hangi. Vigorous plants, prolific producers, beware of modern hybrid varieties. Hybrid vegetable seeds contain enzyme blockers that prevent the vegetables from picking up certain essential minerals from the soil hence these minerals are not in food grown from hybrid seed.
To help you decide which varieties will be best for you.
Planting Instructions: Sow seed into tray after danger of frost. Prick out at 6cm diagonal spacings when first leaves appear. Transplant into garden at 1m diagonal spacings once leaves touch in the tray and soil temp reaches 15-16 degrees C.