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Growing and Caring for Pumpkins, Varieties of Pumpkins. Trouble Shooting Pumpkin Plants.

Growing Pumpkins

How to Grow Pumpkins - You can sow the seeds directly in the soil, or start them off early in planters. In either event don't place either seedlings or sow seed outdoors until the threat of frost has passed. Start with a rich soil, check your Soil ph and use a fertilizer with a high phosphorous content when first planting to stimulate root growth.

Companion Planting with Pumpkins

Companion planting is the placement of various crops in close physical proximity to one another so as to symbiotically compliment each others progress. Pumpkins are related to gourds and squash, this family includes vine crops: summer and winter squash, pumpkin, melons and cucumber. Companion Planting scenarios are similar for all members of this group.





Trouble Shooting Pumpkin Plant Problems

Common Pests and Diseases of Pumpkins and Squash . Pumpkin vines, once planted, will grow un-cared for by man , all by themselves. They shant produce the bountiful fruits that a cared for pumpkin patch is capable of, but they will certainly help feed the insect and rodent populations.

To produce the bountiful harvest we desire, a pumpkin patch must be properly cared for. Part of this process is pest and disease prevention and treatment , and proper nutrients to help the plants in their development.

Pumpkin Varieties

Pumpkin Varieties. Pumpkins are Cucurbits along with Squash, gourds and cucumbers. They are pretty much an overlooked Vegetable other than on Halloween. There are many different varieties of pumpkins that we have cataloged according to their size. There are also Novelty varieties such as white, blue and green pumpkins and one of my personal favorites Musquee du Maroc, a rare variety of Squash that looks like a pumpkin with green warts.

Miniature Pumpkin varieties are from the plant species Cucurbita pepo, which also includes gourds and other circubits such as some varieties of squash and Zucchini. They weigh up to a pound. Most miniature varieties are grown for decoration and are generally not used for cooking, although some newer hybrid varieties have proven to be very palatable.

Small pumpkin varieties weigh between two and eight pounds. Small pumpkins are grown for decoration and carving as well as baking.

Medium Pumpkin varieties weigh between 8 and 15 pounds. They are grown to use in cooking ,decoration and carving.

Large pumpkin varieties weigh between 15 and 25 pounds. They are grown to use in cooking ,decoration and carving.

Extra large pumpkin varieties weigh between 20 and 40 pounds. They are sometimes as large as jumbo / giant varieties and are grown for use as decoration and carving.



Giant pumpkin varieties weigh a minimum of 30 pounds and can grow to 100 lbs. or more. These are the types of Pumpkins that Peter the pumpkin eater would keep his wife in - if you're familiar with the old nursery rhyme. The current world record is 1,689 pounds for an Atlantic Giant pumpkin - wow that's a lot of Pumpkin ! These pumpkins are generally grown for their size, and are rarely used for baking or cooking. They take 120 or more days to harvest and grow on large vines. Growing Giant Pumpkins is an art in itself and there is actually a competitive Giant Pumpkin Growing Cult.

Pumpkin Preserving - Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Recipes - Pumpkin Preserves, Pumpkin Butter, Pumpkin Ice Cream, Pickled Pumpkin, Pumpkin Blossom Fritters, Pasta & Pumpkin, Pumpkin Jelly Roll, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Pumpkin Candy, Pumpkin Pudding, Pumpkin Cake Roll, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Breads, Pumpkin Cookies, Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Pancakes and of course Pumpkin Pie.