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Cucurbita pepo var. pepo

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.

How to grow Pumpkin

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

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.

Growing Pumpkin from seed

Sow at a depth of approx. 1.17 inches (3.0 cm) and aim for a distance of at least 4.94 feet (1.52 metres) between Pumpkin plants. For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 21°C / 70°F.

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Pumpkin about 14 days before your last frost date .

Transplanting Pumpkin

Pumpkin is hardy, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

Harvesting Pumpkin

Harvesting is normally is autumn2.

Seed Saving Pumpkin

Collect seeds when fruits are fully ripe. Clean the seeds, removing all flat ones. 1

How long does Pumpkin take to grow?

These estimates for how long Pumpkin takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Pumpkin to germinate?
9 days

Average 9 days | Min 1 days | Max 25 days (265)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Pumpkin?
+ 20 days

Average 20 days | Min 2 days | Max 70 days (40)

Days to Maturity How long until Pumpkin is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 106 days

Average 106 days | Min 72 days | Max 167 days (17)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Pumpkin?
= 135 days

When should I plant Pumpkin?

Our when to plant Pumpkin estimates are relative to your last frost date.

Enter your frost dates and we'll calculate your sowing and planting dates for you!

When to sow The number of days to sow Pumpkin before or after your last frost date.
14 days before Last Frost Date

Pumpkin Folklore & Trivia

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.

Other names for Pumpkin

Field pumpkin, Garden pumpkin

Cucurbita pepo

Misspellings: Cercerbita pepo, Pumkin, Cucubrita pepo

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1 :The New Seed-starters Handbook; Published 1988

2 :The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants: A Practical Reference Guide to over 550 Key Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses; Andrew Chevallier; published 1996

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