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Container cultivation of field crops allows you to collect the real, and most importantly - edible harvest now in the conditions of a city apartment. Pumpkin - an attribute of any garden, but it can be grown at home on the balcony. A limited balcony space can be a great place to ripen an ordinary pumpkin or its decorative counterpart.

How to grow pumpkin at home on the balcony

The plant will take root well and will bear fruit if it creates the necessary conditions. Pumpkin does not need a lot of light and heat. Better if the balcony faces south, south-east.

For planting, you can use ready-made soil with an acidity not higher than 6.5 PH. You can prepare the soil yourself. Prepare:

  • 1 part of sand;
  • 4 pieces of peat;
  • 1 piece of land;
  • 4 pieces of humus;
  • 1 part sawdust.

On the bucket of the soil mixture you need to add 3-4 tbsp. wood ash and mix everything thoroughly.

Pumpkin on the balcony

Planting seeds in a pot

How to prepare the seeds for planting?

  1. Soak in warm water for 3 hours.
  2. Pour 30% brine, pop up seeds to throw out.
  3. Put the remaining seeds on wet sawdust, cloth or gauze.
  4. Hardened to perform by placing them in a cool place for 4 hours.

Prepared pumpkin seeds are sown in the middle of May. 2-3 seeds sunk into the hole to a depth of 2-3 cm, watered. The box is tightly covered with a film, which, after the appearance of sprouts, is cut, bringing the stems out. The soil warms up better, and the plant is actively developing, spreading along the film. As the pumpkin lash grows, they tie it up to the trellis, forming a decorative green screen.

Pumpkin in the pot

Growing seedlings

2-3 weeks before planting early plants (at the end of April), seedlings are prepared. It is better to use peat pots, so as not to injure the root system of the plant during transplantation. The pots are filled with a mixture of humus and turf, mixed with river sand (1: 1: 0.5). In addition, 15 g of NPK and 30 g of lime are added to 10 kg of the mixture. Placing 2-3 seeds in the ground, they are poured over with warm water and a tray with peat container is placed on a brightly lit window-sill. At the same time it is necessary to maintain the temperature:

  • before germination, 20-25 ° C during the day, 15-18 ° C at night;
  • after germination 15-20 ° С during the day, 13-15 ° С at night.

This mode is adhered to for 7 days so that the formation of the seedlings is not strongly stretched. Then the temperature on the loggia rises again.

When the sprout will have 2-3 fully formed leaves (end of May - early June), it can be planted in a container.

Pumpkin seedling

Vegetable care

10-15 days after planting fertilize plants with a nutrient solution. To do this in 10 liters of water is recommended to dissolve:

  • 10 g of urea;
  • 1/4 part of the tablet of Riga complex microfertilizer;
  • 10 g of potassium sulfate;
  • 20 g of superphosphate.

You can use ready-made complex fertilizers, presented in specialized stores. Further feeding is carried out every 5-10 days, using 2-3 l of fertilizer per plant. In the same volume (2-3 liters per plant) is carried out daily watering. Loosen the soil regularly.

When the vegetative period is over, the pumpkin stems are cut off, the ground is thrown away, the containers and the trellis are disinfected.

Pollination process

To get the fruit, the owner of the green oasis must independently carry out the procedure of pollination, because the bees and bumblebees practically do not fly into the balcony.

On a pumpkin whip evenly single large flowers of bright orange-yellow color are located. Male flowers have long pedicels. The rudiments of the ovary are formed inside the female flower. Self-pollination in this culture does not occur, then you need to help the plant. A soft brush collects pollen from the stamens of a male flower and transfers it to the female pistil.

This procedure is performed several times. Usually male colors are much larger. Excess must be removed so that the plant does not waste strength on empty flowering. Inspect the flowers you need daily, so as not to miss the moment when both male and female specimens will bloom at the same time.

When the ovary will quickly grow in size, it becomes clear that pollination was successful. Otherwise, the ovary will turn yellow and disappear.

Artificial pollination of pumpkin

Balck Gourd Varieties

Balcony decorative gourds are of two types:

  • with a long weaving stalk;
  • with a short stem;
  • spray type.

Plants with a long stem may well form on the loggia a green wall of bright green leaves, large yellow flowers. Over time, pumpkins of various sizes, colors and shapes will appear. But this type requires a large amount of soil. Therefore, it is best to grow such pumpkins on spacious balconies.

If the cultivation goal is to decorate a balcony, then small-fruited pumpkin varieties are best suited.

Small-fruited varieties

  1. "Orange". Fruit weight 250g. Fruits are bright orange, round or slightly flattened.
  2. "Baby Boo". Spherical fruits with white skin, diameter - 10 cm.
  3. "Kleine Bicolor". The fruits are similar to a pear, the upper part of which is colored bright yellow, and the lower one has a dark green color with a light stripe. Fruit length up to 12 cm.
  4. "Sweet Dumpling". Fruit weight - 500 gr. The gaps between the light yellow segments are filled with dark green stripes with white patches.
Fruits of almost all varieties of decorative pumpkin are not suitable for food. Exceptions are the turbid varieties, the Baby Boo variety.

These pumpkins are edible only in an immature form. Ripened, they lose their nutritional and taste value. Fruits do not become poisonous, but acquire a specific taste, the flesh becomes hard, its juiciness is lost.

Pumpkins with a short stem (up to 1 m) and bush varieties are very compact. The stems grow upward, providing airing of the soil, which allows to avoid rotting of the fruit. They are formed and grow in the root zone, compact.

Picking up seeds for planting container pumpkins, preference is given to varieties with hard peel - they ripen faster, are stored longer and sweeter in taste.

Bush varieties

  1. "Amazon". Early variety. From the emergence of seedlings to full maturity 80-85 days. The shape of the fruit is flat, the weight reaches 1.5 kg. Bark dark orange color. Dense, bright orange, sweet flesh.
  2. "Barn". Mid-season variety. Fruit weight 2-2.5 kg. The bark is dark green with black patches. Sweet, bright orange flesh.
  3. "Bush Orange". Early variety with thin bark of orange color. The mass of the fetus reaches 4 kg. Rounded or cylindrical shape. The flesh is yellow.
  4. "Medical". Early variety. Fruit weight 3-4 kg, bark thin, light gray color with intermittent stripes. Orange, sweet, juicy flesh.
  5. "Smile". Early variety. Fruits are round, slightly flattened, weighing up to 1-1.5 kg. The bark is orange, smooth or slightly segmented. The flesh is very sweet, has a melon flavor.
For the cultivation of a plant need a tub with a volume of at least 50 liters. The tank is filled 1/3 with drainage material of a large fraction (expanded clay, small pebbles, birch coal) - the stagnation of water will adversely affect the plant.

The flowerpot, in which the balcony pumpkin grows, is installed on a well-lit window sill. As the vines grow, you can put the pot on the floor. The main thing - the green part of the plant and the fruit should be well lit by the sun.

Growing pumpkins on the balcony for some is an empty exercise, which entails only unjustified expenses. Others get a harvest, albeit a small one, and with it positive emotions, a charge of inspiration for new achievements.

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