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Cucurbita maxima
Pumpkin-Burgess Buttercup has been very popular for many decades for its rich fine textured tasty golden yellow flesh which is thick, string-less & fiber-less. Very useful in the kitchen for baking, steaming or boiling.  When baked, the fine, dry flesh is smooth & tastes like roasted chestnut & sweet potato.  These small dark green fruits average 15cm in diameter and weigh 2.5 kg and have a distinctive light grey/green cup at the base and a flattened top. Vigorous vines produce up to 6 fruits, & store well over winter. Easy to grow. Excellent for storage and freezing.

Sow directly in the desired growing position. Prefers good, well-drained soil. Keep moist & well watered once flowers appear & during the growing period.

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How to grow Burgess Buttercup Pumpkin

  1. To begin with, choose a sunny spot with at least 6 to 8 hours of full sun each day for these pumpkins to thrive. 
  2. Burgess Buttercup likes rich, well-drained soil.  So prepare the soil before planting and amend if necessary with plenty of organic matter such as well matured compost or aged manure to improve fertility and drainage.   
  3. Test the soil pH.  The ideal soil pH for Burgess Buttercup Pumpkins is between 6.0 and 7.0.
  4. If you have a short growing season, you can start Burgess Buttercup Pumpkin seeds indoors about 2-4 weeks before your last expected frost date.  
  5. Then, transplant the seedlings into the mounds after the seedling is sturdy enough to move, ensuring that the roots are not disturbed.
  6. Alternatively, direct plant in the garden in late spring or early summer, after the danger of frost has passed. Sow the seeds 2-3 cm (1 inch) deep and 90-120 cm (3-4 feet) apart, in hills of two to three seeds a few cm/inches apart.
  7. Afterward, water the newly planted seeds or seedlings thoroughly to settle the soil and ensure good root contact. Keep the soil consistently moist throughout the growing season.
  8. Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as straw or shredded leaves, around the base of the plants. This helps conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and maintain even soil temperatures.   
  9. Consider providing support for the developing pumpkins by using trellises or garden netting. This keeps the fruit off the ground, reducing the risk of rot.
  10. Once the seeds have sprouted and the plants are about 10-15 cm (4-6 inches) tall, thin the hills to the strongest plant.
  11. Water regularly especially during periods of drought.  Water deeply once a week, or more often if necessary, to ensure the soil stays consistently moist but not waterlogged.
  12. Fertilise with regular applications of a balanced fertiliser as Burgess Buttercup Pumpkins are heavy feeders and benefit from regular nutrient applications.
  13. Monitor the plants for pests and diseases regularly. Early intervention can prevent potential issues from becoming severe.

Pumpkin plants have both male and female flowers. Bees and other pollinators are essential for successful pollination. If you notice a lack of pollinators, you can hand-pollinate the flowers using a small brush.

Harvest when the skin turns a deep green colour and becomes hard, and the stem begins to dry and crack. Use a sharp knife or pruning shears to cut the pumpkins from the vine, leaving a few inches of stem attached.

Store harvested pumpkins in a cool, dry place with good air circulation. They can last for several months when properly stored.

Heritage of Burgess Buttercup Pumpkin

Burgess Buttercup Pumpkin, also known simply as the “Buttercup,” is believed to have originated in New Zealand, and have become a symbol of local food heritage and traditional cuisine.   It has been cultivated for generations and is cherished for its excellent flavour and texture.  Used in a variety of culinary applications, including roasting, baking, soups, and pies.

Known for their distinctive, dark green skin with a “button” or “buttercup” shape. They typically weigh 2 to 5 pounds (0.9 to 2.3 kilograms) and have sweet, orange flesh.   Efforts have been made to preserve and promote the Burgess Buttercup Pumpkin as an heirloom variety, ensuring its unique qualities continue to be appreciated by generations of growers and consumers.

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Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Plant Height (cm)

Length: 3 metres (10 feet) or more

Season of Interest

Spring / Summer

Temperature Range (°C)

18-27°C (65-80°F) die below 0°C (32°F)

Determine / Indeterminate

Annual / Perennial / Biennial


Frost Hardy / Tender


Full Sun / Part Sun / Shade

Full Sun - at least 6-8 hours

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings

Sow Direct / Raise seedlings indoors a few weeks before the last expected frost date


Well-draining, fertile soil with plenty of organic matter


6.0 to 7.0

Soil Temperature (°C)

18°C (65°F)

Seed Preparation

soaking them in warm water for a few hours can help with germination

Sowing Depth (mm)

2-4 cm (1-1.5 inches)

Plant Spacing (cm)

90-120 cm (3-4 feet)

Row spacing (cm)

1.5-2 metres (5-6 feet)


Regular watering is essential, especially during dry periods. Provide deep and consistent moisture to keep the soil evenly moist

Germination Time (Days)


Harvest Time (Days)

85 to 100

Good Companion Plants

Corn, Beans, Marigolds, Nasturtiums, Radishes

Bad Companion Plants

Potatoes. Other Cucurbits, Sunflowers


Aphids, Cucumber Beetles, Squash Bugs


Powdery Mildew, Downy Mildew, Bacterial Wilt, Cucumber Mosaic Virus (CMV)

More About Us

ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.

We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.

We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.

Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.

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