- Dec 11, 2016
- Reaction score
- East-central Wisconsin
"Kakai" was one of the varieties in my mass trial. Chances are high that some of the genetics from "Kakai" crossed into my saved seed from "Little Greenseed", grown adjacent to it - which could make some of the crosses interesting. "Kakai" is one of the Styrian-type pumpkins, medium large (about 5-10#, if I recall), orange with green stripes, and thick but poor quality flesh. The seeds are large (larger than LG), but the large seed cavity was mostly empty space, and I found the seed quantity disappointing. The seed from "Kakai" was the highest quality of the varieties I trialed though; if it could be bred for bush habit or higher yield (another possible breeding project?) I would look on it more favorably. Who knows, maybe it has been improved since I grew it in 2012.I bought a packet of hull less pumpkin seeds from etsy, it's called kakai. Have you heard of that variety?
I'd be happy to try yours as well. I also grow other squash so they will cross pollinate. Let me know if I can help.
Oh, and one thing about naked-seeded pumpkins that showed up in my trial: some of the seeds may sprout while still inside. If saving seed from squash, I usually allow them to cure for a month or so before opening, during which the seeds continue to fatten up. That storage time may encourage sprouting for hull-less seeds, so it is something to watch for.
For me, the yin/yang about "Kakai" is the amount of wasted flesh. I don't have animals to feed all that waste to, and didn't want to throw it back in the garden where it would attract rodents. I ended up throwing the flesh back in my woods, where the deer probably ate it. The pumpkins are large enough to be carved for small jack-o-lanterns, although they may look a little odd due to their color.