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How to Grow Pumpkin and Winter Squash

Pumpkin/Winter Squash Germination Information

Pumpkin/Winter Squash Seed Germination How to Sow Pumpkin/Winter Squash:
  • Best sown outdoors after all danger of frost has past in the spring and in a warm soil
  • Seeds can also be sown indoors, 2-3 weeks before planting out, at a temperature of 72°
  • Indoors and out, sow at a depth of 4 times the size of the seed and expect germination in 7-10 days

How to Grow Pumpkin/Winter Squash:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: When grown in hills, space the vines 8 feet apart. When grown in rows, space the vines 3-4 feet apart in rows spaced 8-12 feet apart

Lighting: Site in full sun

Soil: Site in very rich, sandy, well-drained soil. Keep weeded and well watered. Fertilize prior to planting and again every 3 weeks until harvest

Additional Care: They can be grown on a trellis or allowed to sprawl on the ground

Appearance and Use:

The annual vines Cucurbita pepo, C. maxima, C. mixta, and C. moschata produce Pumpkins, Gourds, and the Winter Squashes (Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti, just to name a few). Harvest them when fully mature (the rind is hard) or after the first light frost. Many types will keep for months in storage


About Pumpkin/Winter Squash:
Botanical name: Cucurbita
Pronunciation:  ku-ker’bi-tå
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Cucurbitaceae; of cultivated American origin