Pumpkins


Did you know there are giant pumpkins, striped pumpkins and white pumpkins? Pumpkins are available in all sorts of sizes, shapes and colors. They need a lot of space to grow and they have a long growing season. It is best to start pumpkin seeds indoors in the early spring and then transplant them when the soil and air temperatures are warmer.


Fact: Pumpkin plants produce flowers and these flowers are edible.


Types of pumpkins :

Pumpkins are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

How to plant:
Pumpkins need six or more hours of sunlight a day as well as a lot of room to grow; these are important factors to keep in mind when selecting a place to plant your pumpkins. Plant two pumpkin seeds per hole and allow three to five feet between each hole. You should also plant the seeds vertically to prevent them from rotting. If you are sowing your pumpkin seeds in trays or pots, wait until the plants have about three or four leaves before transplanting them into your garden.

For a successful pumpkin patch, your pumpkins will need a lot of water and sunlight. If you notice their leaves growing too large, cut them away to allow the maximum amount of sunlight to reach your pumpkins.


Common Problems:
Snails and slugs could endanger your pumpkin seeds if you are planting them directly in your garden. To prevent snails and slugs, try sowing the seeds in trays or pots before planting. However, if snails and slugs do appear, simply remove them by hand. If you notice a white coating on your pumpkin leaves, it could be a powdery mildew. You can prevent this mildew by keeping your plants watered and spaced far enough apart to allow the air to circulate.


Harvest Time:
You should let your pumpkins grow as long as possible. Once the stems start to crack and the skins become hard they are ready to be harvested. Use a sharp knife to cut the stem and leave them outside for about ten days, allowing their skin to become extra hard.



- Text Copyright ©Alan Buckingham 2008. DK Edition. Growing Vegetables.