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Looking after your Cucurbits Looking after your Cucurbits

It’s important to get the timing right for post-planting nitrogen, cultivation and irrigation if you want to optimise Cucurbit production.

05/11/2018

Learning about cucurbits Learning about cucurbits

Cucurbits are a group of plants belonging to the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae). They include pumpkins and squashes (Cucurbita spp), melons (Cucumis melo)

07/07/2018

Watching your cucurbits grow Watching your cucurbits grow

As with any crop, there’s a risk to planting cucurbits and then doing ‘bakkie’ farming – skirting the land with your head half-way out of the driver’s side wind

13/11/2018

Getting ready to plant cucurbits Getting ready to plant cucurbits

Before planting a land to any of the cucurbits, you should kill off all broad-leaved weeds nearby, preferably well beforehand.

10/02/2020

Fertilising cucurbits for crop success Fertilising cucurbits for crop success

You don’t fertilise cucurbits solely according to the plant’s requirements – you also have to take into account the soil’s fertility.

08/11/2018

Your cucurbits will get viruses Your cucurbits will get viruses

Apart from powdery mildew (discussed in last week’s column), viruses are the next challenge that almost every cucurbit grower will face at some stage.

15/11/2018

Beating cucurbit viruses Beating cucurbit viruses

Viruses infecting the pumpkin family have always been a major problem. Susceptible crops become almost completely infected late in the season

03/10/2019

How to control cucurbit viruses How to control cucurbit viruses

It is also important to control aphids as these are the primary vectors of viruses. Apart from spreading viruses, they are up to no good anyway!

26/06/2018

Some lesser cucurbit pests & diseases Some lesser cucurbit pests & diseases

There are two species of leaf miner that can cause a problem – Liriomyza huidobrensis and L. trifolii. The former prefers temperate climates, the latter warmer

16/11/2018

Garden Pests and Diseases of Cucurbits Garden Pests and Diseases of Cucurbits

Including: marrows, courgettes, cucumbers, squashes and pumpkins

07/11/2018

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