Marina Di Chioggia Pumpkin is an heirloom, open-pollinated pumpkin variety that is originally from South America, but gained popularity when being introduced to Italy in the 1600s. This is an Italian favorite for many dishes including gnocchi, ravioli, and other pasta preparations. The fruits store up to six months, so they can be used for decorative purposes and then eaten or frozen for later. Marina Di Chioggia produces bumpy, 10-12 lb pumpkins that can range from a grey to teal green color. The interior of the fruits is dense with a small seed cavity. The sweet flesh is great for making soups, pasta dishes, and plenty of other savory selections.
Pumpkins may be direct-seeded or transplanted, although we highly recommend direct seeding. To ensure a good stand, we recommend planting seeds every 12″ along the intended row. Once plants emerge, thin plants to one every 2 feet. Pumpkins can be susceptible to plant diseases like downy mildew and powdery mildew if leaves receive excess moisture. As a result, we recommend using drip irrigation on winter squash to reduce plant moisture and feed plants more effectively. During periods of heavy rainfall, using a fungicide like Liquid Copper can help to alleviate disease pressure as well.
Pumpkins are a crop that will produce a one-time harvest at the end of the growing season. They should be harvested when plants die back and the fruits obtain their full color. Stem hardness is also an indication of fruit maturity. Once stems harden, fruits are ready for harvest using a set of pruning shears. Pumpkins can be stored in a cool, dry place for several months, depending on variety and sugar content. Once fruits are harvested, remove the plants from the garden to prevent any fungal spores from overwintering and becoming a problem in future years. Proper crop rotation is extremely important with all pumpkin varieties to reduce disease and pest pressure.
Marina Di Chioggia Pumpkin Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/2″
Seed Spacing: 18-24″
Row Spacing: 5-6′
Days to Maturity: 100
Disease Resistance: None