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Pumpkin

Botanical Name
Cucurbita maxima, C. pepo, C. moschata, C. argyrosperma
Hardiness
Annual
Height
18 to 36 inches
Width
5 to 15 feet
Light
Full sun
Soil
Moist, well-drained, organic
Planting & Care
  • Pumpkins require warm soil temperatures of 70°F to 105°F to germinate. Hold off planting in spring until the soil has reached this temperature and all danger of frost has passed.
  • VINING: Sow seeds 1 inch deep, 4 or 5 seeds per hill. Space hills 5 to 6 feet apart, in rows 10 to 15 feet apart. Thin seedlings to 2 to 3 plants per hill.
  • BUSH: Sow seeds 1 inch deep, 1 to 2 seeds per foot of row. Space rows 4 to 6 feet apart. Thin seedlings to a single plant every 3 feet.
  • SEMI-BUSH: Sow seeds 1 inch deep, 4 or 5 seeds per hill. Space hills 4 feet apart, in rows 8 feet apart. Thin seedlings to 2 plants per hill.
  • MINIATURE:  Sow seeds 1 inch deep, 1 to 2 seeds per 2 feet of row. Space rows 6 to 8 feet apart. Thin seedlings to 1 plant every 2 feet.
  • Mulch soil around plants to retain moisture and suppress weeds
  • Mound soil around the base of plants to discourage squash vine borers from laying eggs
  • Use a floating row cover early in the season to warm the soil and combat insects. Be sure to remove before flowering to allow for pollination.
Problems
Powdery mildew, cucumber beetles, squash bugs, squash vine borer
Varieties
  • Baby Bear - small fruit, flattened shape
  • Big Autumn - yellow when mature, large fruit
  • Cucurbita maxima 'Atlantic Giant' - jumbo fruit
  • Cucurbita pepo 'Baby Boo' - miniature, white
  • Orange Smoothie - petite 5-8 pound fruit with smooth skin, All-America Selections winner
  • Hijinks - 7-9 pound fruit, AAS winner
  • Cindarella's Carriage - very attractive, bright reddish-orange Cindarella-type pumpkin, powdery mildew resistant, AAS winner
  • Super Moon - up to 50 pounds, smooth, white skin with yellow flesh, AAS winner
  • Pepitas - highly ornamental, 9-12 pound pumpkins, orange exterior is marbled with green, seeds are hulless and ideal for slow roasting, AAS winner
  • Blue Prince - 7-9 pound ornamental blue flattened pumpkins, early to mature, great tasting, AAS winner

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