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Growing Pumpkin

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
  S S   P              

(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

Your comments and tips

06 Apr 19, Diahann Jackson (Australia - temperate climate)
I have 19 butternut pumpkins on my vine and it is starting to die off, how long should I continue to feed the plant for and is it best to wait till the plant has completely dead before harvesting the pumpkins?
19 Mar 19, Robyn (New Zealand - temperate climate)
We live in North Otago NZ what time of year & how do you know that your pumpkins are ready to harvest the plants are named little cutties
16 Mar 19, Margaret Reynolds (Australia - temperate climate)
I live on the NSW South Coast in Australia and my butternut pumpkin gets pumpkins up to about 4 inches then they go yellow , die and fall off. Should I pull them out and try again next year.
17 Mar 19, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Do some research on the internet butternut pumpkin turning yellow and falling off. Many reasons why it is happening.
15 Mar 19, LESLEY MCCUBBIN (Australia - temperate climate)
I am trying to grow Queensland Blue pumpkins. They are next to a lavendar bush and well polinated. Lots of baby pumpkins, but they do not grow very big before they go yellow and die. Some of the leaves have gone brown, so I have removed them. Any thoughts on how I can remedy the situation.
17 Mar 19, (Australia - temperate climate)
You have lavender but do you have bees? Do some research about the subject - going yellow and falling off. In temperate climate I would start my pumpkins in Sept Oct and grow into the summer. Prepare - manure/compost/fertiliser the soil for a few weeks before planting and plant in a different position each year.
18 Mar 19, LESLEY MCCUBBIN (Australia - temperate climate)
Thanks. I do have lots of bees. The grandchildren love to watch them in the pumpkin no problem there. I planted them in Oct. and manured, composted and fertilized the soil, but at time of planting,not 2 weeks before. Does this make a difference? Thanks for the tip, I will do some more research.
12 Mar 19, Bincy Philip (Australia - temperate climate)
Do not water pumpkin plants in the evening. If the leaves stay wet in the night, there are higher chances of powdery mildew.
11 Mar 19, Judy (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
i live in Tasmania, and have self seed pumpkin plants which look healthy. It is now March and they have produced only male flowers. Is it too late for them to produce pumpkins now, even if they do ever produce female flowers?
12 Mar 19, Mike (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
They produce male flowers first to start attracting the bees - then you get some female and male flowers. If the plants are older than 12 weeks and no pumpkins growing yet then they probably won't produce any. A new pumpkin takes about 3-4 weeks to grow and then 4-6 weeks to mature.
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I have pumpkins that have come up in my garden .They came up in November and are white skins at the moment.I live in Rangiora North Canterbury.I don't know anything about growing them.Do I leave them in as long as possible as I don't know whether the frost or rain will affect them. Thankyou

- Toni

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