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Curcurbita pepo, C.
mixta, C. moschata - Approximately 2300-4000 seeds per
pound Seeding rate: 3-5lb per acre Yields:
Pumpkins evoke scenes of autumn - falling leaves, cool
jack-o-lanterns. 'Pumpkin' is a rather generic
term given to
members of Cucurbita pepo (some of which are called pumpkins,
called squash), C. maxima, C. mixta, and C. moschata,
related to gourds and squash. They come in a variety of
and sizes and can reach enormous weights - the current record, grown in
2010, is an 1810 lb Atlantic Giant pumpkin.
Punpkins are a warm weather crop and the soil must be at
at a 3 inch depth for seeds to germinate. The soil should be well
drained with an optimum pH of 6 to 6.5. Large quantities of
compost or manure should be worked into the soil and a side dressing at
6-10 weeks at a distance of about 8 inches from the plants.
fertilizer can be applied prior to planting
and followed at
60=-10 weeks with a side dressing of the same). It is best
not to grow pumpkins in a location where melons or cucumbers
grown for a couple of years.
There are a couple of different methods used to grow pmpkin
hill method and the row method. For the hill
3-4 seeds per hill in rows 3-8 ft apart (small fruited types
at 3 ft,
Large fruited types at 8ft.) For the row method, generally used
for farm or commercial production, plant
1 seed every 12 inches in rows
3-8ft apart. Plants should then be thinned to 1 plant
feet, depending on whether the plants are small or large fruited
Pumpkins are insect pollinated, so it is helpful to have beehives
nearby, as a lack of pollination will mean poor
and excessive blossom drop. At least one colony of bees per 2
Cultivation should be done with caution as pumpkins grow feeder
roots near the surface. Weeds should be kept to a minimum.
out for squash bugs and other pests and treat accordingly.
Harvest after the shells have hardened completely to
damaging the fruits. Take care not to damage the stem, which can
cause faster rotting from bacteria and pests. If fruits must be
harvested early, dip them in a solution of 10% chlorine bleach, then
stored in a cool dry location.
For giant pumpkins Plant them in a seedbed
and allow 60
square feet per plant. In this bed, mix 6-8 bushels of
compost or manure, then add 2 lbs of 8-8-8 fertilizer.
seeds per hill, then thin to one plant. Apply 1 cup of nitrogen
fertilizer every 2-3 weeks near the perimeter of the plant
3 weeks after planting. Allow only one fruit per vine.
Baby Boo (95 days) White mini pumpkin average 3in. in diameter, round and slightly flattened with nice ribs. Edible. Perfect for decorating and a great kid's crop.
|#3454 Packet, $5.50 each, Approximately 30 seeds||
Connecticut Field (100-120 days) This is the traditional field pumpkin, grown for 200 years for jack-o-lanterns and animal fodder. 12-15' vines bear many 15-25 pound fruits with thick bright orange skin and deep yellow flesh.
|#298 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 30 seeds||
|#B4z-298 Bulk seed 4oz $9.99||
|#B1-298 Bulk seed 1 lb $19.99||
Dill's Atlantic Giant (120 days) The Godzilla of Pumpkins, this variety, developed by Howard Dill, can produce fruits weighing up to 500 pounds.
|#590 Packet, $4.50 each, Approximately 25 seeds||
|#B4z-590 Bulk seed 4oz $53.50||
|#B1-590 Bulk seed 1 lb $110.20||
Fairytale (110 days) French heirloom resembling a Cinderella, but with a buckskin color at maturity. Averages 15 lbs, but can become much larger under the right conditions. Slightly flattened with deep ribs. Stringless flesh and sweet taste.
|#835 Packet, $4.50 each, Approximately 10 seeds||
|#B500-835 Bulk seed 500 seeds $63.99||
|#Bm-835 Bulk seed 1000 seeds $82.99||
Howden (115 days) Spreading vigorous vines with growth similar to Connecticut Field. 10-15lb fruit with thick, bright orange skin. Keeps well.
|#1253 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 30 seeds||
|#B1-1253 Bulk seed 1 lb $29.30||
Jack Be Little (110 days) Miniature decorative fruits, 2 inches tall and 3 inches in diameter. Not for eating.
|#668 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 10 seeds||
|#B4z-668 Bulk seed 4oz $37.50||
|#B1-668 Bulk seed 1 lb $68.95||
Jack O-Lantern (Halloween) 100 days - 10lb fruits have thick orange skin and sweet, stringless flesh. Good carving pumpkin.
|#1254 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 30 seeds||
|#B4z-1254 Bulk seed 4oz $9.50||
|#B1-1254 Bulk seed 1 lb $24.95||
Lumina (115 days) 10 pound fruits with white skin and orange flesh.
|#669 Packet, $4.50 each, Approximately 10 seeds||
|#B4z-669 Bulk seed 4oz $42.20||
|#B1-669 Bulk seed 1 lb $97.95||
Rouge Vif dEtampes (Cinderella, Cinderellas Coach) (95 days) - This is the French heirloom variety that was the model for the fairytale coach. Introduced to the US by Burpee in 1883. Fruits are slightly flattened with a deep orange skin, flesh is rather bland. Few seeds. 15-40 pound fruits.
|#299 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 10 seeds||
|#B4z-299 Bulk seed 4oz $35.95||
|#B1-299 Bulk seed 1 lb $95.95||
Sugar Pie (Sweet Sugar, New England Pie) -(100-110 days) Wonderful heirloom variety perfect for baking! This heirloom dates back to 1800. Ribbed 5-6 pound fruits are bright orange and have sweet stringless flesh.
|#300 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 30 seeds||
|#B4z-300 Bulk seed 4oz $15.95||
|#B1-300 Bulk seed 1 lb $27.95||
Valenciano (110 days) Slightly flattened with medium sized seeds. Bright white in color with light ribbing.
|#2580 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 10 seeds||
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