Pumpkin, Jack O' Lantern
The best pumpkin for carving.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
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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 in groups 4-6 seed about 3 inches apart. Each group should be about 4-6 feet apart. Cover with 1 inch of fine soil and firm lightly.
- Firm lightly and 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.
- 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 or 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 Maturity110 daysFruit Weight18-24 poundsSunFull SunSpread6 feetHeight12-18 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpringSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin6 feetLife CycleAnnual
Pumpkin, Jack O' Lantern is rated out of 5 by 12.Rated 5 out of 5 by NMGirl from An abundant and long producer Planted these seeds in May and then left on vacation, relying on my drip system to keep the garden watered. I returned to a glorious pumpkin patch and have to date completed 4 harvests with many, many pumpkins of assorted sizes, and beautiful proportions. I only wish I had entered them in the County Fair, they were sure to be winners. Great in soups, pies etc or Fall decor.Date published: 2015-10-13Rated 1 out of 5 by jdoug from NOT suited for the Southeast... Wish I would have taken the review from Clayton, NC to heart. Started these in little burlap seed starters and they sprouted quickly. Once I transferred them to the ground they stayed healthy but stunted for at least a month. So far as I've learned with any seed, best to just directly sew it in the ground when warm enough. Anyway, these started growing like wildfire and I was super excited. As other reviews have said they were full of blooms, but would never pollinate or would just fall off the vine. Finally got ONE pumpkin and that's when the powdery mildew kicked in. The pumpkin grew to about half size before the powdery mildew killed the plant and some sort of infestation turned the pumpkin in to a bumpy moldy mess. I think it is just too moist in the southeast for this type of pumpkin (or maybe any pumpkin I'm beginning to wonder...)Date published: 2015-03-13Rated 5 out of 5 by memc33 from Awesome Pumpkin! These are the first pumpkins I have ever tried. Started indoors early and planted out in late May. We got a really late frost in June, and these pumpkins were one of the few things that made it. Easy to care for, produced beautiful, big, bright flowers and pumpkins that are ready just in time. Will be growing these every year, can't help but smile when I see them!Date published: 2014-09-18Rated 5 out of 5 by irelamanda from Awesome I planted these seeds all throughout the summer, and they did great. I have already picked 2 medium sized pumpkins, and left a few on the vine, just so that they can get a little bigger ! I planted seeds in may and picked pumpkins in mid July.Date published: 2012-08-13Rated 4 out of 5 by JayhawkGardener from Definitely good for cooking This pumpkin plant produced pumpkins that were ideal for cooking. I did not get many that were large enough for ideal jack o' lanterns. However, our summer was extremely hot and that shrunk a lot of fruit size from all plants. I think in a more mild year this would have been an outstanding producer. Seeds are quite tasty.Date published: 2011-10-10Rated 4 out of 5 by Melanie from Wonderful Surprise! I planted a package of these seeds in March 2010. To my surprise I had pumpkins in July. At 120 days maturity there are lots of pumpkins!Date published: 2010-07-11Rated 5 out of 5 by GardenGirl88 from Great Carvers and Tasty Pies Our pumpkins gave us the best of both uses. Our boys wanted to grow pumpkins, so I tried these and some Connecticut Field. These fruits were more manageable, and eventhough the vines went more than half-way down my 50 foot garden, it was kind of neat to see pumpkins growing happily everywhere. They looked great as Halloween decorations, and the boys really got into the whole process. They especially likes the smooth sides which made it easier for them to put their designs on. I baked only one to use for pies, a smaller one, and I have enough pumpkin for about 6 pies. It tastes so much better than the canned, that everyone should make a pie from home-grown pumpkin at least once in their lifetime!Date published: 2009-01-24Rated 1 out of 5 by southwestgardener from very poor productivity I've planted this variety for 2 seasons. Last year I got 2 pumpkins off of 4 plants. This year I got 0 off of 3 plants. Plant something else.Date published: 2008-08-10