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Pumpkin, Connecticut Field

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HEIRLOOM. It is the original Halloween pumpkin and makes great pies too.

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When the first settlers arrived in New England, native Americans were growing pumpkins that looked like this one among their corn. It is the original Halloween pumpkin and makes great pies too. Fruits measure 12-20" in diameter and weigh 15-25 lbs.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

120 days

Fruit Weight The average weight of the fruit produced by this product.

15-25 pounds

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

72 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

12-18 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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How to Sow

  • Sow in fertile, warm soil after danger of frost has passed.
  • Sow seeds directly in the garden.
  • Give large-fruited pumpkins plenty of room to ramble.
  • For improved drainage sow in mounds, or hills, of soil 12 inches in diameter, 6-8 inches tall.
  • Sow 4-6 seeds in groups about 3 inches apart. Each group should be about 4-6 feet apart. Cover with 1 inch of fine soil and firm lightly.
  • Keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
  • Do not plant pumpkins and other squash family crops in the same spot 2 years in a row.

How to Grow

  • Thin seedlings to 2-3 per group when they are 1-2 inches high
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Pumpkins are “dioecious” having both male and female flowers on the same plant. Male flowers will open first and the female flowers will open later. The female flower has a miniature fruit behind the blossom.
  • Do not move or step on vines as they are quite fragile.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • If you are trying to grow extra-large pumpkins, allow only one fruit per plant to mature.
  • Beds of vigorous, sprawling pumpkin vines can be bordered by corn, towering pole beans, sunflowers and other trellised or vine vegetables.

Harvest & Preserving

  • Pumpkins are ready to harvest when the rinds are hard and a rich shade of orange or white depending on the variety.
  • If a light frost kills the vines, the pumpkins are ready to harvest. Pumpkins are damaged by heavy frost.
  • Cut pumpkins from the vine with a pruning shears, leaving about 3 inches of stem attached.
  • Allow the pumpkins to cure in the sun for a week to harden skin.
  • Store pumpkins in a cool dry place.
  • Roast the seeds for a tasty snack.
Days To Maturity
120 days
Fruit Weight
15-25 pounds
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
72 inches
Height
12-18 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
6 feet
Life Cycle
Annual
Pumpkin, Connecticut Field is rated 4.75 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for a Pumpkin Patch. With quick germination we were very surprised with how big and pretty the leaves became. As with any normal squash plant I had to do weekly maintenance to keep squash beetles (red and black beetles) and stink bugs away. We never had any really big pumpkins, but the majority were about 6 to 8 lbs. It was fun to watch them grow. See the photo for what our patch on the side of the house looked like in July. We will always grow these variety of pumpkin and are very pleased with the results. I also cook with them and a they make a great puree for pumpkin bars.
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding pumpkin This pumpkin is the most hardy I have ever grown. We had a bad drought this year in Michigan and I thought I that they would not make it. As soon as the rains came, the plants came to life. I had only one seed that lived, but have three nice pumpkins. They did not began to grow until late July ,but they are starting to turn orange in time for Halloween.
Date published: 2012-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smashing Punkins! I grew these in hideous clay soil, with only a shovelful of horse manure six inches below and mulched with straw. 95% sprout rate, and the strong vines snaked all over to lengths of 15' to gossip with all the other veggies. My pumpkins are even better-looking than the one in the Burpee picture, so there. Beautiful to handle for cooking, and excellent for carving. I'm looking for fuller flavor, and improved soil conditions next year should help with that. Easy to grow and a pleasure to have.
Date published: 2008-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast Growing Connecticut Field Pumpkins I am very pleased with this pumpkin. This my first gardening endeavor and I am very happy with the results. These pumpkins are very easy to take care of and are fun to watch. I was surprised how fast they sprouted and then kept growing.
Date published: 2008-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best pumpkin in the garden.... I highly recommend this variety. I've grown it for several years and have never once had a problem. Beautiful pumpkins ~ everytime!
Date published: 2008-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Can't beat it for reliablity. Size is great for decorations, Jack-O-Lanterns and pies. Fun to grow
Date published: 2008-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Great Pumpkin! This pumpkin is exellent. It produced a good yeild, tastes great, and grows like a charm. It is not reistant to powdery mildew, and does suffer with that problem. But luckly, it does not fully appear until the fall, and the fruits are basically ready to ripen by then. I will recommend this pumpkin to anyone, of any age, who loves pumpkins like me.
Date published: 2007-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from connecticut field pumpkin WOW!!! It's only August 1st and the plant growth is beautiful!!! ONE plant is more than FIFTY feet long and producing lovely pumpkins. It has covered ALL the boxwood hedges in front of the house, growing right over them!!!! It's reached the front porch and I'm trying to decide how to guide it around the door. Photos available!! There are more plants in the garden....should be able to give the ALL the neighborhood children a Halloween pumpkin this year!!!!
Date published: 2006-08-02
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