Here is the Jack O' Lantern Pumpkin, Cucurbita maximais. This is the pumpkin that you see every Halloween an makes a great carving pumpkin! The seeds are great for roasting an the rind can be made into pie or soup though its not as sweet as pie pumpkins you will need to add sugar. Can get to 2 feet around and 25 Lbs in weight and are orange in color with that classic Halloween pumpkin shape! This is also the preferred variety used in pumpkin carving contest. The vines can get to 20 feet long but are susceptible to powdery mildew. We like to use them for Halloween displays and making pie if we dont carve it. Open pollinated 110 days.
Jack O' Lantern Pumpkin
Quantity 6 seeds6 seeds
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PUMPKIN SOWING AND PLANTING TIPS
- Grow pumpkins from seeds or seedlings.
- Seed is viable for 6 years.
- Direct sow pumpkins in the garden in spring after all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed to 70°F (21°C). In warm-winter regions, sow pumpkin in midwinter for harvest in early summer.
- To start pumpkins indoors before the last frost in spring, sow seed in peat pots 4 to 3 weeks before planting out. The indoor temperature should be 66°F to 85°F (18-29°C) until germination.
- Pumpkin seeds will not germinate at a soil temperature below 66°F (18°C).
- Sow seed ½ to 1 inch (1.3-2.5 cm) deep.
- Seeds germinate in 4 to 10 days at 85°F (29°C) or warmer.
- Space plants in the garden 12 to 18 inches (30-45 cm) apart in all directions.
- Pumpkins will benefit from the warm soil created by planting on hills or mounds; raise the soil 12 inches (30 cm) tall and 20 inches (50 cm) wide and grow individual plants on hills. Space hills 4 to 5 feet (1.2-1.5 m) apart.
- Water to keep the soil from drying.
- Fertilize with fish emulsion or a soluble complete fertilizer at half strength.
- Add aged compost to planting beds in advance of transplanting.
- Pumpkins prefer a soil pH range of 5.5 to 6.8.
- Grow pumpkins in full sun for best yield.
- Avoid planting pumpkins where cucumbers or melons have grown recently.
- Common pest enemies include aphids, cucumber beetles, flea beetles, squash bugs, squash vine borers, slugs, and snails.
- Common diseases include bacterial wilt, fusarium wilt, downy mildew, powdery mildew, cucumber mosaic.