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Cherokee Tan Pumpkin


Cherokee Tan Pumpkin is an heirloom originally grown by the Cherokee tribe. The most vigorous, disease-resistant pumpkin we’ve ever grown. Excellent flavor and stores well. At least 10-15 pumpkins per plant. C. Moschata. 110 days to maturity.

10 seeds per packet

Hoss' Recommended Substitute: Seminole Pumpkin

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Cherokee Tan Pumpkin is an heirloom, open-pollinated, pie pumpkin variety that was originally grown by the Cherokee Native Americans in the Appalachian mountains. This is the most disease-resistant pumpkin we've ever grown or seen. Unlike most pumpkin varieties that start to die in summer when extreme heat arrives, Cherokee Tan Pumpkins just keep producing. The vines are extremely vigorous and should be given plenty of room to grow.

Cherokee Tan Pumpkin is a pie pumpkin variety that is great to eat and stores extremely well. In some instances, these pumpkins have been noted to store a year in ideal conditions. Fruits average 3-4 lbs and have a small seed cavity with large amounts of delicious pumpkin meat. Plants will produce at least 10-15 pumpkins per plant, but even greater production is not unusual. This is a great variety for southern climates where growing pumpkins can be difficult to disease and insect pressure.

Growing Information

Pumpkins may be direct seeded or transplanted, although we highly recommend direct seeding. To ensure a good stand, we recommend planting seeds every 12" along the intended row. Once plants emerge, thin plants to one every 2 feet. Pumpkins can be susceptible to plant diseases like downy mildew and powdery mildew if leaves receive excess moisture. As a result, we recommend using drip irrigation on winter squash to reduce plant moisture and feed plants more effectively. During periods of heavy rainfall, using a fungicide like Liquid Copper can help to alleviate disease pressure as well.

Pumpkins are a crop that will produce a one-time harvest at the end of the growing season. They should be harvested when plants die back and the fruits obtain their full color. Stem hardness is also an indication of fruit maturity. Once stems harden, fruits are ready for harvest using a set of pruning shears. Pumpkins can be stored in a cool, dry place for several months, depending on variety and sugar content. Once fruits are harvested, remove the plants from the garden to prevent any fungal spores from overwintering and becoming a problem in future years. Proper crop rotation is extremely important with all pumpkin varieties to reduce disease and pest pressure.

Cherokee Tan Pumpkin Planting Information

Planting Method: direct seed

When to Plant: after last frost

Planting Depth: 1/2"

Seed Spacing: 18-24"

Row Spacing: 5-6'

Days to Maturity: 110

Disease Resistance: Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, among others

Be sure to check out our Pumpkin Growing Guide to learn how to successfully grow pumpkins at home.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Cherokee Tan Pumpkin is a keeper

2023 and many of my vegetable seeds from several different well-known companies didn't germinate. I suspect it might be because of irradition while passing through the mailing system. Anyway, Only one of Cherokee Tan Pumpkin seeds came up but holy cow - it took over my garden so much, I had to keep moving the fast growing vine back and forth in front of the garden fence to keep it from invading neighbors yards. Vine borers and squash bugs are bad here, but didn't bother this vine a bit. Cucumber beetles loved it, but I squashed them as soon as they appeared and they didn't hurt the vine.
Then it seemed like blooms would never appear, but suddenly there was a profusion of male blooms for a couple of weeks before females appeared in early October. Now, in mid October, I have two pumpkins starting to ripen and several others I can see but wonder how many others will mature before we get a hard frost. At least I have one pumpkin I think I can count on for next year's seeds. This is a keeper and I'll surely plant it from now on.
Descriptions say how many days from planting to harvest, but I'd love to see information about the time it takes from fruit setting on until they are mature. This largest pumpkin is two weeks old and already starting to ripen.

David Pickerell
5 out of 5

We planted these Summer 2022, read they would grow despite squash bug pressure and they sure did. They are small squash/pumpkins. We planted all 10 seeds and yielded over 120 pumpkins. We used some for livestock feed for our pigs and chickens and we stored 50 for our eating. They are delicious we have replaced these for potatoes. One is perfect for me and my husband for a meal. Scoop out seeds, sprinkle with olive oil and bake. Add butter and salt/pepper, delicious. Or you can make so many things, pancakes, waffles, bread, cookies,soup. Sweet or savory. Highly recommend. Thank you HOSS

5 out of 5

I had a big success with these Cherokee tan pumpkins. All my seeds germinated and are still producing loads of pumpkins in August. I planted then in cups before I put them in the ground. They taste amazing and store for a long time. Great for long term food storage.

1 out of 5

I bought these twice this year because the first time they didn't come up. The second time they still didn't germinate. I dug up the seeds and they looked like empty seeds.