Ornamental pumpkins are not grown for food purposes but to obtain a decorative product. This does not mean that they should not be constantly watered as happens for types intended for culinary use. Already from the very young seedling, in a seedbed or in the open field, we will have to worry about frequently wetting the soil so that it does not dry out completely. When the seedling has developed enough we can plant it by assessing whether the seasonal rainfall is sufficient or not and whether it is appropriate to supplement it with additional irrigation. We will take care of watering taking care not to drown the seedlings. Puddles, in fact, are dangerous for the plant and can cause harmful rot to develop. With the arrival of summer, irrigation interventions must become more frequent.
How to take care of it
The ornamental pumpkins they need care like any other vegetable we grow to eat. The seeds must be chosen carefully, buying them from a nurseryman or picking them from ornamental pumpkins cultivate the previous season. In this case we will simply have to rinse the seed by handling it gently, dry it and protect it from humidity and then sow it. The ornamental pumpkin will sprout after a couple of weeks, only if the temperature exceeds 12-15 ° C. Therefore, it may be necessary to resort to the seedbed in a sheltered place, avoiding to put the seedling in place if it is feared that the last seasonal frost may arrive. Even the ornamental pumpkin needs a lot of space to grow, so it is advisable not to associate it with other plants that are too close together.