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Growing Pumpkin

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(Best months for growing Pumpkin in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 68°F and 90°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 35 - 47 inches apart
  • Harvest in 15-20 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Sweet Corn
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes
  • Pumpkin on vine
    Pumpkin on vine

A large trailing plant with yellow, bell-shaped flowers, pumpkin is frost tender. Most varieties will take up a lot of room . Grow them at the edge of your garden patch so that they can spread away from other vegetables. Butternut produces small to medium pear-shaped fruit with deep orange flesh . Buttercup are small to medium round pumpkins with dark green skin. There are a number of large pumpkins, some round and flattish - good for storage and eating - others will produce the "Cinderella coach" type giant round fruit which are not such good eating.

Harvest when the vines die off and the pumpkins' stalks are dry. Leave a small piece of stalk attached to the fruit to prevent damp causing rot. The fruit can be stored for months in a cool airy place. In some parts of New Zealand, they are stored on shed roofs.

Pumpkins sometimes need hand pollination if the fruit are not setting well or die off after starting to grow.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Pumpkin

Cut up, remove the skin and roast with other vegetables or meat.

Young crisp shoots with young leaves can be cooked and eaten - stewed in coconut milk they are popular in Melanesia. Remove any strings and tough parts and stew until tender, or cook as a vegetable in boiling water 3-5 minutes.

Your comments and tips

25 Jul 18, LynnStinten (Australia - tropical climate)
I am just south of Townsville and planted Qld Blue pumpkin seeds in early April in good soil with correct PH levels. Plenty of space to run and good sunshine and watered daily. The plants grew well for about 6 weeks producing masses of mostly male flowers?? I had plenty of bees doing their job, but still only got two pumpkins that didn't reach maturity before the plants died off about 2-3 weeks ago. We did have a couple of 6deg nights but nothing lower. Any advice would be very much appreciated. Cheers
29 Jul 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Temps are read 1 m above the ground. Temps can vary quite a bit in a district. I would say the plants had frost on them. Male flowers come first (to attract the bees I believe) then you will have male and female. Try again now.
27 Jul 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Lyn - the first sentence in the notes - frost tender. 6 degree nights - offical temp is taken 1 meter above the ground. So ground level may have been frost. It says to plant April to July -I'd be inclined to plant July and plant out late August after frosts. Pumpkin usually have male flowers first (to start attacting bees I believe) and then the female and male after that.
30 Jun 18, Luke (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Should I plant/treat winter squash such as Red Kuri the same as pumpkins?
02 Jul 18, Mike L (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Check a website called southern harvest for planting times.
29 Jun 18, Anne Jeffrey (Australia - temperate climate)
Can you please advise me on where to search for Windsor Black seeds, I've been searching for what seems like ever and had no success, I'm trying to revive this pumpkin for my mother who's in her 70s Thank you
02 Jul 18, Mike L (Australia - temperate climate)
Try thelostseed.c.a - they have them but are out of stock at the moment. Ring or send an email as they may have some packets left.
16 Jun 18, Patricia (Australia - temperate climate)
What is the best vege to plant after pumkins
16 Jun 18, Mike L (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
A root vegetable crop. Type into google
31 May 18, Jill Western (Australia - temperate climate)
I would like to plant some butternut pumpkin in a warm sheltered area that has rich soil. Is it possible to plant now in June. Also should I use seeds or buy plants. Thankyou.
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