It can be sown as early as March in pots before being transplanted outdoors at the end of the frost season, or directly in place from May onward. Harvesting takes place between September and December. Fruits should be harvested when the stalk is dry and the leaves are yellow. Pumpkin is very sensitive to cold, for a good development, the temperature should not drop below 12 ° C.
Pumpkin has many enemies such as the powdery mildew (a fungus that causes the appearance of white spots on leaves), grey mould (fungus causes the appearance of a layer of mould) or aphid (an insect that sucks the sap from the leaves). Subsequently these diseases cause a slower growth of the plant, which can even lead to the death of the latter. As with the Chinese okra, pumpkin is not only a vegetable but also a fruit.