Each month, American Vegetable Grower® will offer growing tips on specific varieties, supplied by the breeder or distributor. This month, we’re offering tips on a Rupp Seeds pumpkin variety, ‘Bayhorse Gold.’
‘Bayhorse Gold’ is a dark-orange variety, approximately 15 to 20 pounds in size. It has a slightly elevated fruit with an optimal ribbing pattern.
Ideal Regions for the Crop
Suited for Midwest and Northeast.
Tips for Growing ‘Bayhorse Gold’
- Usually plant in the Midwest first week of June, and in the Northeast slightly before that
- Give plants 25 to 30 square feet/plant.
- Fruit may get bigger the further north it is grown.
- Fertilizer: Maintain soil pH of 6.0 to 6.8. Nitrogen: 50 pounds per acre; Phosphorus: 0 to 150 pounds per acre; Potassium: 0 to 200 pounds per acre
- Propagation of transplants: Standard
- Irrigation: Standard
- Planting/Scheduling: Plant 100 days before ready to harvest
Clean with 5% to 10% chlorine water to kill bacteria. Dry thoroughly. Cure at 80°F to 85°F, and 80% to 85% relative humidity for 10 days. Optimal storage condition is 50°F to 55°F, and relative humidity of 50% to 70%.
Crop Protection Recommendations
‘Bayhorse Gold’ has an intermediate tolerance to powdery mildew. For specific guidelines for treating insects and diseases, consult “Midwest Vegetable Production Guide” for labeled fungicides.
About Rupp Seeds
Rupp Seeds has been “Helping farm families feed the world” since 1946. It is a leading provider of vegetable genetics offering products from all of the major breeders, including Rupp, developed pumpkins, winter squash, and gourds. Rupp Seeds provides seed for everything from asparagus to zucchini with a special focus on sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, and watermelon.
Need More Tips on ‘Bayhorse Gold’?
If growers have further questions, Rupp suggests you reach out to Sheldon Sutton at [email protected].