Many people met an unusual culture similar to a mushroom with a large scarlet-colored turbaned hat. This is Little Red Riding Hood pumpkin.
- Variety characteristic
- Appearance description
- Features of cultivation
- Storage <
The variety is easy to distinguish from others due to its characteristic appearance.It is great for growing for culinary and decorative purposes, as unpretentious and well takes root even in dry land.
Pumpkin of this variety is a portion, which indicates the small size of the fruit. In addition, the culture is considered high yielding.
Description of the appearance
One of the features of the appearance of the plant is the presence of long antennae – vines, thanks to which it is possible to grow the culture at height. Some gardeners decorate their fences with this plant.
The weight of the fruit is about 2 kg, you can grow a fruit in 4-5 kg. Outwardly, the vegetable resembles a mushroom with a red hat, similar to a turban. The bottom has fairly clear edges with smooth corners.
The base of the fruit is light, cream-colored, sometimes with green heterogeneous stripes along.
The flesh is orange-yellow, bright. It tastes sweet, remotely resembles a melon.
Chalmovidny pumpkin is more of an ornamental variety than a variety that is grown for culinary purposes, but young fruits can be eaten. The peel of the vegetable is soft and thin. Over time, it condenses and becomes unfit for consumption.
Features of growing
Little Red Riding Hood variety is unpretentious. Landing occurs in the spring, after frosts. Seeds can be sown immediately in the soil without prior cultivation.
You can also prepare seedlings and already plant them.The difference will be in the timing of flowering and ripening: pre-germinated seeds are more likely to adapt to the soil and bear fruit.
It is worth planting the crop from the sunny side, next to the support. You can sow it near the fence, then over time the plant will begin to trudge along the fence and you will have a living wall.
The squid pumpkin needs plentiful and constant watering, frequent weeding and periodic top dressing with mullein infusion.
Harvesting is carried out in the fall, in September – October, before the onset of the first cold weather. Cut the vegetable with a sharp knife or secateurs, leaving a small part of the stalk.
If you decide to use the vegetable for decorative purposes only and want to preserve its appearance, dry the pumpkin . To do this, after collection, wash it, wipe it with a paper towel. Some housewives wipe the crust with alcohol.
Let the fruits dry well for 2 hours, then put them in a dark, ventilated room.
Drying takes place in 2 stages:
- drying of the peel. This stage lasts a week and takes place completely in a dark room. It is important that the fruits do not touch each other, otherwise the process of decay will begin;
- drying of the pulp. After the shell has dried, pumpkins are removed and placed in a room with good air circulation.The main thing is that they should not be exposed to sunlight, so that they retain their color.
If the fruits begin to deteriorate during drying, throw them away, the pumpkins must be hard and without damage.
A fully dried fruit is suitable for decorating an apartment and will last 3-4 years.
The palmate culture is unpretentious both in cultivation and in use, which is noted by gardeners in numerous reviews. Many housewives write that they managed to attract children to grow and dry fruits. This will be an excellent occasion for spending time together.
Also gardeners write about the wonderful taste of young fruits of the variety Little Red Riding Hood, which can be eaten raw.