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How to Grow Pumpkins

by on June 18, 2012

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They’re the most recognizable symbols of fall, but pumpkins are more than just pretty decorations.
You haven’t lived until you have made a homemade pumpkin pie from pumpkin you grew in your own garden.
AT A GLANCE: PUMKINS
Temp Range: 50 – 60 degrees F
Seed to Plate: 90 – 100 days
Light Needs: min. 4-6 hours of full sun per day
How Much to Grow: 1-2 plants per family
Average Space Needs: 1 plant / 3 sq foot grown vertically
Water Needs: moist, well drained soil
Soil pH: neutral soil

How to Grow Pumpkins

To grow a pumpkin vine, the first thing you need is space. A single hill with just 2-3 plants can cover 50 to 100 square feet, but by using the square foot gardening method you can grow your own pumpkins in as little as 3 square feet, provided you use a sturdy trellis system and train your vines to grow upward.

You need to know that pumpkin plants don’t like cold. They won’t germinate in cold weather and the tender seedlings will damage easily in frost so you don’t want to start pumpkin seeds outside until the danger of frost has passed for your area.

To plant pumpkin seeds, You will want to dig a hole in the center of your square foot space and mound the soil in the center to create a hill and a trench around it. The hill will help to warm the seed and the trench will help to keep plenty of water coming to the roots. Plant the seed according to the directions on the seed  package, generally to a depth of about 1”.

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Priya July 17, 2012 at 8:54 PM

We just planted pumpkins so that they will be ready for Halloween!!! I have a question, though. Is the weather too hot for the leaves? They seem to curl up and be sad during the day. They are in full sun about 7 hours/day and it’s been about 80 degrees.

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Michael Nolan July 18, 2012 at 6:21 AM

It is completely normal for leaves to wilt in hot temperatures. So long as they are bouncing back in the evenings and back to normal in the morning, they are generally fine.

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