Pumpkins love hot weather. They need soil that is deep, rich, well-drained and organic with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Before planting work in lots of compost.
This is an ideal multi-use pumpkin – for Jack O’Lanterns and for eating. Each fruit averages about 12-18lb / 5-8kg. Skin is bright orange, smooth and firm. The richly flavoured flesh is ideal for pies and bread. Seeds inside the plant make a delicious, nutritious snack. You can carve a Jack O’Lantern face that will be seen for miles on Halloween night.
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Start seed indoors at least four weeks before outdoor planting to obtain healthy transplants, or direct-seed after all danger of spring frost. Choose a sunny location with fertile soil and good drainage. Water regularly whenever the soil feels dry to ensure the largest sizes of fruit. Pumpkins do not transplant well – use paper or fibre pots that can be set directly in the soil. Allow only two pumpkins to mature per plant.
- Planting Depth: 2.5cm (1in)
- Seed Spacing: Groups of 4 - 6
- Row Spacing: 240cm (8ft)
- Plant Spacing: 180cm - 240cm (6ft - 8ft)
|Days To Sprout:||10 - 14 days|
|Days To Maturity:||100 - 110 days|