Lungavilla’s pumpkin cultivation

 

pagina-29-1Berretta di Lungavilla is traditionally sown in open ground on the first Thursday of April. Germinability is good and the plant does not usually require irrigation during its life cycle. May and June are dedicated to mechanical weed removal. pagina-32-1At the beginning of June, the first male flowers can be observed. Female flowers appear slightly later and will be visited, together with male ones, by a rich community of pollinators, including Apis mellifera, solitary wasps, flower beetles. As plants develop, they start creeping and filling up the field surface. In July and August photosynthesis supports fruits growth. Fruits start ripening from the beginning of September, when they finally are harvested.