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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

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

01 Oct 19, Alisina Zahidi (Australia - temperate climate)
My mum made me put 2 seeds in the same spot, will that ruin the pumpkins?
02 Oct 19, Liz (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
It is probably so that you can choose which plant is stronger and remove the other one. Ask your mum why.
03 Oct 19, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I just planted pumpkin in 10 spots with 2 seeds at each spot. Only 2 spots had 2 plants germination. Sometimes it is for germination reasons. I basically had the same result from apple cucumbers.
02 Oct 19, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Or transplant one of the pumpkin to another spot and grow it also. When planting 2-3 seeds close together think about planting them 100-150mm apart so that if you want to move them then you can retain a fair amount of soil around the roots when moving them, helps with transplant shock.
02 Oct 19, Alisina Zahidi (Australia - temperate climate)
My mum said the same thing, she said we will see which plant is going to be strongest. Thank you for your help
22 Jul 19, John Pare (Australia - tropical climate)
I lived in Papua New guinea the climate is usually wet and dry season all year. Can I grow butternut pumpkin in that kind of climate?
23 Jul 19, (Australia - tropical climate)
Plant April to July.
03 Jul 19, Trevor Worth (Australia - temperate climate)
Can a Butternut Pumpkin be grown from a top only, and what would be the best method? I'd love to try it if there's a chance it may work. Thank you kindly.
04 Jul 19, (Australia - temperate climate)
I don't see it working. Stick some skewers in it and hang it in water.
02 Jun 19, Sue (Australia - arid climate)
Surprisingly I have pumpkin seeds growing in the shadehouse ??? Is there anyway i can encourage their growth or are they doomed
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Surprisingly I have pumpkin seeds growing in the shadehouse ??? Is there anyway i can encourage their growth or are they doomed

- Sue

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