Cucurbita

Cucurbits
Genus:Cucurbita
Family:Cucurbitaceae
Type:Vines
Pollination:Insects

Cucurbita is a genus in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae. It includes species grown for their fruit and edible seeds (the squashes, pumpkins and marrows, and the chilacayote), as well as gourds. Many North and Central American species are visited by specialist bees in the group Eucerini, especially the genera Peponapis and Xenoglossa, and these bees can be very important for fruit set.

Description Edit

Vines, sometimes short, with large palmate leaves and tendrils. The flowers are large, orange, and unisexual, with both genders usually occurring on each plant. Fruits are large fleshy berries called pepos.

Growing conditions Edit

Full sun, rich, moist, but well-drained soils.

Species Edit

Maintenance Edit

Monitoring for pests and diseases is crucial.

Propagation Edit

By seed.

Pests and Diseases Edit

Bacterial Wilt

Blight

Powdery Mildew

  • Erisyphe cichoracearum
  • Sphaerotheca fuliginea

Cucurbit Downy Mildew

  • Pseudoperonospora cubensis

Cucumber Scab

  • Cladosporium cucumerinum

Mosaic

Aphids

Hoppers

Whiteflies

Bugs

Thrips

Maggots

Beetles

Caterpillars

References Edit

  • ITIS
  • Cranshaw, Whitney (2004). Garden Insects of North America: The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs. Princeton University Press. pp. 590–591. {{cite book}}: Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  • Pippa Greenwood, Andrew Halstead, A.R. Chase, Daniel Gilrein (2000). American Horticultural Society Pests & Diseases: The Complete Guide to Preventing, Identifying, and Treating Plant Problems (First Edition ed.). Dorling Kindersley (DK) Publishing, inc. pp. 120–121. {{cite book}}: |edition= has extra text (help); Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)