Most squash that we refer to as pumpkin belongs to the botanical families Cucurbita pepo or Cucurbita Maxima, Long Island Cheese pumpkin belongs to Cucurbita moschata family and is more closely related to butternut squash and some zucchini.
Planting and Care of Long Island Cheese Pumpkin
Cucurbita moschata, the botanical classification that Long Island Cheese pumpkin falls into has a greater disease resistance and is more tolerant of hot, humid summer weather than other pumpkins but more sensitive to frost and light freezes. Soil temperature should be at least 60 F for germination.
Direct seeding pumpkins is not recommended in areas with short growing seasons. Pumpkins need at least three months of frost free, warm weather. If you live in a cool climate, start pumpkins indoors.
Water - Pumpkins have a high water content and need to be kept well watered they are not drought tolerant. Keep the pumpkins evenly moist and water deeply during dry spells. To prevent mildew, water pumpkin plants at their base, avoid watering the pumpkin foliage, as this will minimize the occurrence of opportunistic fungal infestations.
Plant indoors roughly 3-4 weeks before last the final frost date in your region. Soil temperatures for germination should be around 70 degrees F.
Transplant outdoors in the spring after a brief hardening off period, when the temperature is suitable and all danger of frost has passed. Spacing should be 24 - 36 inches.
Fertilizer and Soil - Pumpkins are heavy feeders. They need fertile, aerated soil that is 70 to 90 degrees F. Work compost or well-rotted manure into the soil. The ideal Soil pH is 6.0 to 7.5, but they will grow on soils with a pH of up to 8.0.