How to grow Pumpkin plant

Pumpkin plant growing herbaceous creeping vine of the genus Cucurbita, Pumpkin plant annual plant also used as ornamental plant grow in subtropical, mediterranean, tropic or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 4+, in hardiness zone 4-7 need to care that will bear fruits.

Leaves color green in heart shape the leaves are lobed and wavy

Flower color yellow with five lobs, female contain semi fruits that looks like a little Pumpkin plant, and male flower are smaller

Pumpkin plant fruits

Fruit color yellow-orange, the shape can be round, oblate or oval, the weight 5-100+ kg.

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How to grow Pumpkin plant growing and care:

Mulch keep the moist of the soil and also protect the fruits

How to care:
Watering on the ground and not watering on the leaves or the fruits, need trellising

What is the best way to start growing?
Seedling / Seed (explanation bellow)

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, possible to graft for better base that will be resistant for virus

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Attacked easily, when the plant attacked in the base if not treatment well it will die

Planting season:
Spring to summer, but better in the spring and in hardiness zone 4-7 need to start in the middle of the winter indoor, the plant need enough hot days when mature to bear fruits without, if the plant won’t be with mature fruits in the autumn or the plant won’t bear fruits or the fruits will die before fully ripen, also better to choose cultivar that bear the fruits faster.

How to plant:
Planting in well ventilated soil, dig bigger hole than the plant and put organic matter, humus and dead leaves

Pests and diseases:
Powdery mildew, aphids

Pruning season:
All season

How to prune:
No need to prune

Size of the plant?
1-7 m, 40-280 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
No

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, planting in containers need to be at least 20L (5 gallons), well-drained soil, the plant not react well to overwater, need to make enough holes in the container for good drainage also choosing soil for container important and need to be soil well ventilated, can be potting mix or peat soil with perlite, when use bottom for the pot need that it will dry in the same day.

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower
Yellow flower with five lobs, female contain semi fruits that looks like a little Pumpkin plant, and male flower are smaller

Pollination is done by:
Bees

Edible fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Summer to autumn

Fruits pests or diseases:
Powdery mildew, birds

What can be done with big quantities of Pumpkin plant fruits?
Eaten raw, cooked, grilled, stir fry

How long does it take to bear fruit?
45-90 days

How to grow Pumpkin plant from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Easy to sow no special treatment, sowing temperature 15-40C (65-104F) but better to sow in 21-25C (70-77F)

Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry place

Sowing season:
Spring (but in warm weather possible in the summer) and in cold climate start in the winter indoor

How to plant:
Better to plant it in light soil that will be well ventilated and keep the moist like vermiculite

Planting spacing – How far apart to plant:
Depend if trellising 40*50cm (16*20 inches) when crawling 1*1.25m (40-50 inches), sowing to transplanting 5*5cm (2*2 inches)

Depth of Sowing:
1-2cm (0.5-1 inch) from the top

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, full sun

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water, don’t let it dry

Germination time:
5-20 days

Condition of seedling:
Warm weather, big amount of water, full sun, place to trellising

Scientific name:

Cucurbita pepo var. pepo

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

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