Transplant outdoors in full sun -in rich, sandy, well-drained soil after all danger of frost has passed in the Spring and the soil has warmed (70-75 degrees). For best results, pumpkins require supplemental watering under dry conditions and a monthly nutritional side dressing if not grown in a rich fertile soil.
To grow on hills: 2-3 vines per hill, space vines 8 feet apart.
To grow in rows: space vines 3 to 4 feet apart in rows that are 8 to 12 feet apart.
If you have limited space, the smaller pumpkins can be grown successfully on a trellis.
Pumpkin cucurbita pepo
Autumn Gold Pumpkin
Small hybrid pumpkin. Fruit weighs 7 to 10 lbs.
3 to 5 pumpkins per vine. Turn golden early.
Deep, glossy orange when mature.
Harvest 90 days.
Robust hybrid with strong handles and beautiful color.
Medium to large-size jack-o’-lantern pumpkin. Averages
2 fruits per plant. Harvest 100 days.
Dill’s Atlantic Giant
World record holder variety. Huge pinkish to orange fruits.
Averages 50 to 100 pounders. Needs fertile soil, irrigation,
& lots of space. Limit each long-vined plant to one fruit for
best results. Harvest 120 days.
Highly-productive, mini pumpkin for decorating. Open
pollinated. Bright orange ½ lb. fruit only 3-4” wide.
Deep ribs. Averages 14 fruits per plant. Harvest 100 days.
Pumpkin culture –
Pumpkins are one of the most popular crops in the United States, 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are produced in this country each year. Versatile in their uses for cooking, most parts of the pumpkin are edible, including the fleshy shell, the seeds, the leaves, and even the flowers. When ripe, the pumpkin can be boiled, baked, steamed, or roasted and is made into pumpkin pie, soup, potato salad, fries, or puree. All pumpkins are an excellent source of vitamin A; one pound raw pumpkin contains 5,080 I.U. Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are often roasted and eaten as a snack and are a good source of protein, magnesium, copper and zinc.
When the rind becomes hard and they’re a deep, orange color, use a sharp knife or pruning shears to harvest, leaving 3 to 4 inches of stem attached to the fruit. If you want Pumpkins for Halloween, plant from late May to early July. Keep in mind that if your Pumpkins are planted too early they may rot before Halloween. If you need to store your pumpkins for an extended period of time, place them in a single layer, not touching each other in a dry area that stays between 50 and 55 degrees F. This reduces the chance of spreading rot.