> 2-3 weeks after LFD

It’s important to plant Pumpkins out as soon as they have 3 leaves. Don’t delay as they will quickly outgrow their pots and get root-bound.

1. Plant them 2" deep

2. Plant them for trelliseshills, or on the ground, left to sprawl.

In hot weather the best ‘hills’ are actually slight depressions, so water moves towards the plants, rather than away from them.

> Warm, Hot

Pumpkins are sprawling plants, notorious for taking up a lot of room; so do not plant them in the middle of the intensive garden. They occupy a lot less space if grown vertically on trellises or cages, but then of course they cast a considerable amount of shade. Generally it is best to plant them in hills at the edge of the garden and let them run off into unused space. The site of an old compost pile by a wire fence is perfect. Once established they can compete with almost any plant, so long as their roots are in good soil and they are well fed and watered.

> When outdoor temp: 60°F to 90°F, optimal temp 65°F to 75°F
> When min soil temp: 65°F

Don’t plant out until all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed up and the temperature reaches 65° F daily (when the Apple trees blossom.)

Spacing

30.0"-36.0", (1 per 3x3) plants per sq ft

Rows: Sow seeds 6" apart in rows 4' apart. Thin seedlings to 3' apart.

Mounds: Pumpkins sprawl so much they are usually grown in hills. Make a mound 2' across and 8' apart. Sow 4 to 5 seedlings per mound, and thin to best 3 per mound.

Transplant Outdoors

2-3 weeks after LFD

It’s important to plant Pumpkins out as soon as they have 3 leaves. Don’t delay as they will quickly outgrow their pots and get root-bound.

1. Plant them 2" deep

2. Plant them for trelliseshills, or on the ground, left to sprawl.

In hot weather the best ‘hills’ are actually slight depressions, so water moves towards the plants, rather than away from them.

Support

Optional

The vine takes up a lot less space if grown vertically on trellises or cages. A wire fence can work great. This is optional, though, and not necessary (unlike support for Peas Vines or Tomatoes).