Pattison, also known as white pumpkin, can be easily seeded in your garden. Here are the steps to seed pattison:
- Choose a well-draining location: Select a sunny spot in your garden that has well-draining soil. Pattison needs plenty of sunlight and regular watering to grow well.
- Prepare the soil: Amend the soil with compost or other organic matter to enrich it and help with drainage. The ideal soil pH for pattison is between 6.0 and 7.5.
- Plant the seeds: Plant the pattison seeds about 1 inch deep and 4 to 5 feet apart. You can also plant the seeds in seed trays indoors and transplant the seedlings outside after the last frost date.
- Water regularly: Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, especially during hot weather. Water deeply once or twice a week rather than lightly every day.
- Fertilize: Pattison plants benefit from regular fertilization with a balanced fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer according to the package instructions.
- Thin out the seedlings: Once the pattison seedlings have sprouted and grown a few inches tall, thin them out so that they are spaced about 2 to 3 feet apart.
- Provide support: Pattison grows on vines that can become quite large and heavy. Provide support for the vines with trellises or other structures to prevent them from breaking under the weight of the fruit.
- Harvest: Pattison will start producing fruit in 80 to 100 days. Harvest the pattison when the skin is hard and a deep, consistent color. Cut the fruit from the vine using a sharp knife or pruning shears, leaving a few inches of stem attached.
By following these steps, you can successfully seed and grow pattison in your garden.