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Twenty-six cultivars and two numbered selections of Cucurbita pepo L. pumpkin and four cultivars of C. maxima Duchesne pumpkin were evaluated in field experiments in 1996 and 1997 in Charleston, S.C. The four C. maxima cultivars (`Mammoth Gold', `Big Max', `Rouge Vif d'Etamps', and `Lumina') and three C. pepo cultigens (HMX 6686, HMX 6688, and Magic Lantern) had lower powdery mildew [Sphaerotheca fuliginea (Schlechtend.:Fr.) Pollacci] severities than did the other C. pepo cultivars. Overall, C. maxima cultivars also had less foliage showing virus symptoms and less downy mildew [Pseudoperonospora cubensis (Berk.& M.A. Curtis) Rostovzev] than did C. pepo cultigens. Mid- and long-season cultigens of both species (≥100 days to maturity) produced a greater number of marketable-quality fruit than did short-season cultigens. Cucurbita maxima and C. pepo produced similar numbers of marketable fruit; however, more potential marketable yield was possible in C. maxima since most fruit were affected by virus. The C. pepo cultigens Spookie, HMX 6686, and Spooktacular produced the greatest numbers of marketable fruit. In general, no cultigens were well-adapted to the growing conditions of the humid coastal plain of the southeastern United States.

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