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Pumpkin 'Kakai'     

Cucurbita pepo var. pepo

'Kakai' is a Pumpkin variety in the Cucurbita genus with a scientific name of Cucurbita pepo var. pepo. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Unmellow Yellow. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Forest green (traditional) and   Dark orange. Leaves appear approximately as a   La Salle Green colour.

This pumpkin is grown for its seeds which are hulless and great for snacking. The fruit is striped with green & orange.

Kakai grows as an Annual and is a Vegetable. Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Kakai is known for growing with a vine-like habit to a height of approximately 30.48 cm (that's 11.89 inches in imperial). This variety tends to bloom in early summer.

Japan is believed to be where Kakai originates from.

Kakai Pumpkin is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

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How to grow Pumpkin 'Kakai'

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Kakai is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures. USDA Hardiness Zone 3 to 11 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 6.5 and 7.0 as Kakai likes to be in weakly acidic soil - neutral soil.

Growing Kakai from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 4.94 feet (1.52 metres) and sow at a depth of around 1.17 inches (3.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 21°C / 70°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Kakai about 14 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Kakai

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Kakai is a hardy plant.

Harvesting Kakai

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by early autumn.

Pumpkin 'Kakai' information

How long does Kakai take to grow?

These estimates for how long Pumpkin 'Kakai' takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world. Start logging and journaling your observations to participate!

When should I sow Kakai?

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Latest Pumpkin 'Kakai' Reviews

  • 22 Oct 2012

    HazelJ HazelJ's Pumpkin 'Kakai Hulless' was Reviewed day 134

    I had a terrible year for pumpkins overall, so it’s hard to judge yield and vigour. But this is a pretty pumpkin worth trying for the seeds if you have the room and enjoy hulled pumpkin seeds.

    3 stars

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