The GMO-free pumpkin seeds are sown in the end of April or beginning of May when the temperatur of our soils reach a minimum temperatur of 12 degree celcius. Our pumpkins are sown in rows with a single sowing machinge and a total of 18.000 seeds per hectar.
Mechanical weed control
Sowing our pumpkins in rows makes it possible to easily remove weeds by tilling the soil between them.
Depending on the weather conditions, the harvest takes place between the middle of September and the middle of October, usually using modern seed harvesting machinery. Our seeds are only seldom harvested by hand, this involves laboriously halving the pumpkins and then the tedious work of separating the seeds from the pumpkin flesh, traditionally called "auspatzeln" in Styrian dialect. After they are harvested, the seeds are washed with drinking water, cleaned of remaining pumpkin flesh and dried for further storage.