Pumpkin is a member of the Cucurbita family. Its botanical name is Cucurbita pepo var. pepo.
An annual plant with twining stems, lobed leaves, yellow flowers and large orange fruit.
It is an edible vegetable / fruit and is treated mainly as an annual, so it grows best over the course of a single year.
Pumpkin is known for growing with a viny habit to a height of approximately 30.48 cm (that's 11.89 inches in imperial).
Pumpkin is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Pumpkin have been kindly provided by our members.
Pumpkin plants are heavy feeders, meaning they need a lot of fertilizer to grow well. Water at stem or use a soaker hose to help avoid pathogens.
Position in a full sun location and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 3 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Pumpkin needs a soil ph of 6.5 to 7.0 (weakly acidic soil - neutral soil). Pumpkin is generally regarded as a hardy plant, so this plant will grow or become dormant during the winter.
See our list of companion Plants for Pumpkin to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Pumpkin about 14 days before your last frost date .
Harvesting is normally is autumn2.
Collect seeds when fruits are fully ripe. Clean the seeds, removing all flat ones. 1
These estimates for how long Pumpkin takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 9 days | Min 1 days | Max 25 days (265)
Average 20 days | Min 2 days | Max 70 days (40)
Average 106 days | Min 72 days | Max 167 days (17)
Our when to plant Pumpkin estimates are relative to your last frost date.
The pumpkin was commonly used medicinally by Central and North Americans2. The Mayans applied the sap of the plants to burns, some North American tribes used the seeds as a diuretic, and European settlers used the seeds as a de-worming agent2.
Field pumpkin, Garden pumpkin
Misspellings: Cercerbita pepo, Pumkin, Cucubrita pepo
keilinger about growing 04. Pumpkin
Lots of flowers, but no fruit :(
fergunoid about growing Pumpkin 'Flat White Boer'
I had a terrible year for pumpkins overall, so it’s hard to judge yield and vigour. But this is a pretty pumpkin worth trying for the seeds if you have the room and enjoy hulled pumpkin seeds.
HazelJ about growing Pumpkin 'Kakai Hulless'