Information About Pumpkins


When To Trim A Pumpkin Vine: Tips For Pumpkin Vine Pruning

By Amy Grant

The pruning of pumpkin vines is a fairly common practice. The question is when do you trim a pumpkin? Click on the following article to find out how to prune pumpkins and other information on pumpkin vine pruning so you can keep their rampant growth contained.

Pumpkin Fruit Drop: Why Do My Pumpkins Keep Falling Off

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Pumpkin fruit drop is a frustrating state of affairs for sure, and determining the cause of the problem isn?t always an easy task because there may be a number of things to blame. Click here to learn about troubleshooting causes of dropping pumpkin fruit.

Pumpkin Insect Control – Dealing With Pumpkin Insect Pests

By Liz Baessler

Big pumpkins can take all summer to grow, and the last thing you want is for your prize specimen to fall victim to pumpkin insect pests. You can learn about pumpkin insect problems and pumpkin insect control in this article.

Milk Fed Pumpkins: Learn How To Grow A Giant Pumpkin With Milk

By Amy Grant

The winning grower of giant pumpkins often stated that to attain such great size, they fed the pumpkin milk. Is this true? Does using milk to grow pumpkins work? If so, how do you grow giant milk fed pumpkins? Find out in this article.

Getting Pumpkin Blossoms – Why A Pumpkin Plant Is Not Flowering

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Your pumpkin vines are scrambling all over the place, with huge healthy leaves and vigorous growth. But sadly, there is nary a bloom in sight. What could cause non-blooming pumpkin plants? Find out in this article. Click here for more info.

Common Pumpkin Varieties: Best Pumpkin Varieties And Types For Growing

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Pumpkins are surprisingly easy to grow. Often, the hardest part of growing pumpkins is deciding which type of pumpkin is best suited for your particular needs and available growing space. Learn about different kinds of pumpkins in this article.

Pumpkin Seeds Nutrition: How To Harvest Pumpkin Seeds To Eat

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Pumpkins are flavorful, versatile members of the winter squash family, and the seeds are rich in flavor and nutrition. Want to learn about harvesting pumpkin seeds to eat, and what to do with all those seeds after they're harvested? This article will help.

Using Pumpkin Molds: Learn About Growing Pumpkins In Molds

By Liz Baessler

Looking to do something a little different with your pumpkins this Halloween? Why not try a different, very un-pumpkin-like shape? Growing shaped pumpkins will give you jack-o'-lanterns that are the talk of the town, and this article will help.

How To Tell When Pumpkins Are Ripe

By Heather Rhoades

Is a pumpkin ripe when it turns orange? Does a pumpkin have to be orange to be ripe? The big question is how to tell when pumpkins are ripe. The tips in this article will help you determine when a pumpkin is ripe.

Pumpkin Growing Tips For Halloween Pumpkins

By Heather Rhoades

Growing pumpkins in the garden can be a lot of fun, especially for children who may use them for carving their jack-o-lanterns at Halloween. This article will help you grow perfect Halloween pumpkins in your garden.


Pumpkins 101

Pumpkins are actually a type of winter squash. Many varieties can send out vines that are 10 to 20 feet long, which can be challenging for a raised-bed garden. One option is to grow them on a trellis, such as the Cucumber Trellis. Use a mesh bag or fabric to help support especially heavy fruit. Another technique is to plant them on an outside corner of your raised bed and let the vines ramble onto the grass.

Like summer squash, winter squash need rich soil that's been amended with compost. They need warm weather and warm soil to grow and produce well. In most cases, it takes 90 to 100 days from planting seeds until the squash are ripe. Cold-climate gardeners may want to get an early start by planting seeds indoors about three weeks before the last spring frost. Plant two seeds per 3" pot, and cut off one if both grow.

Transplant into the garden a week or two after the last spring frost. You can warm the soil by covering it with clear plastic, which works better than the traditional black plastic, as long as you seal the edges with soil to contain the heat.

Some winter squash and pumpkins — the bigger ones, generally — will only produce a couple of fruit per plant. The seed catalog or seed packet should tell you what to expect. Pumpkins are always fun for kids, but not always good for pie. If you want jack-o-lanterns, you can grow any variety for pies and soups, look for "pie pumpkins" or "sugar pumpkins," which have sweeter, more flavorful flesh.

Butternut squash is a high-yielding winter squash and almost the entire fruit is edible. Most other types of squash and pumpkins have thick skins, large interior cavities and lots of seeds. Delicata squash are tasty and just the right for two servings. Buttercup and acorn squash produce medium-sized fruits and are good for storage, as are most winter squashes. Hubbard squash are great for soup, but often get to be 15 to 20 pounds, which can be too much of a good thing.

Harvest your pumpkins and winter squash in the fall, before they can be damaged by frost. Before being stored away, they should be cured in a warm, dry place for several weeks to allow their skin to toughen. Most squash and pumpkins taste better after they've been cured and then stored for a couple weeks, than they do straight from the garden.

Store pumpkins and winter squash in a cool, dry indoor room. A temperature of about 60 degrees F. is ideal so some people store them under the bed in an unused bedroom. Winter squash will rot quickly in the cool and humid conditions of a cellar or garage.


How to Grow Giant Pumpkins: The Ultimate Guide

How Big Do Giant Pumpkins Really Get?

Giant pumpkins can be huge. In 2010 a new giant pumpkin world record was set at 1810.5 pounds. There are also state records for these huge pumpkins. The largest pumpkin on record in Arkansas weighed 534 pounds. In Maryland, the largest pumpkin weighed 713.5 pounds. In Wyoming the record sits at 1011 pounds. It is possible to grow giant pumpkins in every state in the United States and in many countries across the world. Growing these huge pumpkins isn’t simple, but it is possible with the right knowledge and a little bit of effort.

Choosing Your Seed for Giant Pumpkins

One of the most difficult parts of growing a giant pumpkin is choosing the right type of seed. If you want to achieve huge results you have to choose seed that can support this. All of the nurturing in the world isn’t going to make it possible to grow a thousand-pound pumpkin from a package of miniature pie pumpkin seeds. Giant pumpkins come from the right seeds.

One great way to find proven seeds is to join a local pumpkin growing association. These groups can also provide you with valuable tips and assistance as you plant and cultivate your pumpkin. There may not be an association in every area, but if you do have one available this can be a great resource for high quality giant pumpkin seeds.

Another great place to find these seeds are at various online nurseries and seed companies. One of the best varieties known for producing record-breaking pumpkins is Dill’s Atlantic Giants.

Planting Tips for Giant Pumpkins

Once you have your seeds it is time to start getting ready to plant. Many prize-winning pumpkin growers find that soil testing is a great way to determine where their soil currently is so that they can decide how it needs to be prepared for a great harvest. When your soil is tested you will receive a report that informs you of the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium levels in your soil. Use these to amend your soil with nutrients, compost, manure and other soil supplements.

Giant pumpkins take a long time to get to their impressive size so it is important to start your planting early. In many areas you will need to start your seeds indoors before you transplant them outside. Once your seeds have started and been transferred outside you will still need to protect them from late season frosts, so consider using cold frames.

Fertilizing and Watering Giant Pumpkins

Fertilizing is important during the entire growing season. You should start using a fertilizer with a high concentration of phosphorus since this will encourage root growth and then over time transition to a more nitrogen-based fertilizer. Once the fruit starts to develop you will then switch to a high potassium fertilizer since this helps the fruit to grow.

Consistent watering is also important, especially if you live in a location where there isn’t enough rainfall. Pumpkin plants tend to have a shallow root system so they will need at least 1 inch of water per week.

Encouraging Pumpkin Growth

Once your pumpkins develop blooms you will need to make sure that the blossoms are pollinated. You can let this happen naturally, although many giant pumpkin cultivators prefer to pollinate by hand to ensure that the bloom is pollinated using the best pollen for growing large pumpkins.

You will also need to carefully position the vines of each pumpkin so that they are perpendicular to the fruit to ensure that the vine will still be able to support the pumpkin once large sizes are achieved. Since each pumpkin takes nutrients from the vine, choose one of the largest looking pumpkins and remove the rest of the fruit so that the vine can focus all of its energy and nutrients to producing a large pumpkin.

Weighing, Measuring and Entering Competitions

If you do grow an especially large pumpkin, you will want to determine its weight. It can be difficult to physically weigh your pumpkin since it will be so heavy. You may want to enter it in a contest. Remember that each contest has specific guidelines and entry regulations, so make sure that you understand the requirements for entering. Local pumpkin groups will know of the best contests near you. Here is a great link that you can use to calculate your pumpkin’s weight using its measurements:

Other Resources for Growing Giant Pumpkins

There is a lot of help out there for those that are interested in growing giant pumpkins. Find a local pumpkin growing group or check out some of these links for more information about pumpkin growing forums, groups and organizations. We have included links to some local societies. You can find others in your area by doing a search with your state name the phrase “Pumpkin Growers.”

Virginia Pumpkin Growers Association- Welcome Site

Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers- Society Information

Illinois Giant Pumpkin Growers Association- Chapter Information

So what are you waiting for? Get started on your giant pumpkin today! We hope our Ultimate Guide series got you off to a great start.

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daniel briggs says

second year,pumpkins grow, flower well flowers collapse but no pumpkins. none last year only one so far this year. Past years have had many. started with seeds that were spread inadvertently with compost. south MA warm weather. All other vegs florish. What am I doing wrong.
Help
Thanks
Daniel

Tina says

I don’t have giant pumpkin but I do have a question about the average pumpkin.

I’ve finally got some pumpkin growing and have something going on with one. I’ve researched many websites but not found an answer.

Can anyone tell me? What would be causing orange spots with translucent goo oozing out of the spots?

I want to fix this problem so the others are not affected.


Step 3

Water the Plants

Pumpkins require a lot of water — about 1" per week. You will need to keep the soil evenly moist, but you want to keep water off of the leaves so be sure not to use an overhead sprinkler for irrigation. Use a garden hose equipped with a misting nozzle to lightly water the mounds.

Try to apply water to your plants early in the morning so excess moisture will not be left on leaves. Excess moisture can promote disease and pest problems. Watering should be slow and deep for pumpkins and squash. You want to moisten the soil down at least 6". Push your index finger down into the soil to check the depth of the moisture.

To increase the growing temperatures or protect the squash and pumpkins against pests when the plants are small, you can add lightweight row covers. They let light and water in, but keep the insects out. You can leave it over plants all summer, but be sure to remove the covers when plants begin to bloom so the blooms can be pollinated.


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