Handsome pumpkins, up to 100 lbs. or more, make excellent pies and impressive jack-oâ€™-lanterns. Fine-grained, bright orange flesh is great for canning or freezing.
Seed outdoors as soon as danger of frost has past in your area. Cover seed lightly with soil, 2 – 3 seeds together in groups. Space giants at least 3 m (10 ft) apart. For earlier Pumpkins start indoors 2 to 3 weeks in advance of intended date for moving the plants to the garden. Use Jiffy pots so the container and roots can be buried without disturbing the root system. Also make sure the pot is wet when transplanting. Sow 2 seeds per pot and do not thin. Germinates best at 22 C (72 F) in 7 to 10 days. Fertilize for the first 3 weeks with 10-52-17 formula. Pumpkins are ripe once the stem has reached a dark green color and is starting to wither. Ample water is needed for optimum size!
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