Pumpkin, Lumina PVP
Ghostly white pumpkins, perfect for painting and 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 Maturity80-90 daysFruit Weight10 poundsSunFull SunSpread6 feetHeight12-18 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpringSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin6 feetLife CycleAnnual
Pumpkin, Lumina PVP is rated out of 5 by 10.Rated 1 out of 5 by Mamagardener from Very sad I tried to grow these guys but not one seed as sprouted. Its been 2 weeks and all my other pumpkins are 2-8 inches big but these guys have failed to emerge. i dug them up and nothing :(Date published: 2014-04-17Rated 5 out of 5 by Socius from Took over the garden Make sure you have enough space for this variety. I grew just two plants which produced 15-foot vines, enormous leaves and 3 pumpkins apiece. True to the description, the pumpkins were ghostly white and lightly ribbed (see attached photo). The only discrepancy I found was that the flesh was more yellow and squash-like than the expected pumpkin orange. This might be due to the fact that I picked mine early. Once cooked it tasted fine, but again more like a squash than anything else. The pumpkins were reliably round and easy to carve. The vines were attacked by vine borers and squash bugs and were heavily damaged, but held on to produce 6 pumpkins total. I noticed that the vine readily re-rooted itself when in contact with soil, though this may have been helped along by heavy rainfall. Definitely recommended.Date published: 2009-12-27Rated 3 out of 5 by Yardner from Nice color Its a beautiful pumpkin but can be unreliable. I haven't quite figured out what it likes. Some years they're nice and large and the next my biggest is softball size. I wouldn't be afraid to try it just don't make it the only variety you plant.Date published: 2008-10-23Rated 5 out of 5 by GardeningLawyer from Beautiful (really is white!) and Hardy! We grew Lumina pumpkins in 2007 - during a horrible drought in Georgia. In addition to Lumina, we planted Howden's orange and the drought and the bugs killed the Howden's plants before they could produce. Lumina, however, hung in there... and the two vines we planted matured and produced at least four good sized beautiful bright white pumpkins that we were able to display at Halloween. I have no doubt that during a normal year with adequate rainfall, the Lumina pumpkins would have produced far more. Some questions and answers: 1. Will dirt (e.g., Georgia's red clay) discolor white pumpkins? Not really. There will be a small "dirty" spot on the botom of the pumpkin, but the rest of the pumpkin is difficult to stain. (Helpful Hint: keep bark chips or pine needles under your pumpkins as the grow. While this step is not necessary - we raised pumpkins with and without a mulch bed under them - this action may put your mind at ease). 2. Will my Lumina pumpkin last until Halloween? Ours did, but we worked hard to keep them in good shape. We picked them when they were ripe at the end of summer, then we sprayed them with a mild bleach solution and let that stand for a few minutes. We wiped off the bleach (leaving the pumpkins damp with bleach solution, but not dripping), and then we stored them in a dark cool location on top of newspaper. We stored one pumpkin on the bottom shelf of our fridge, and the rest in our basement. I regularly wiped the pumpkins down (every week or two) with paper towels dampened with the bleach solution. The pumpkins in the basement stored perfectly! The pumpkin in the fridge, which developed mold on the rind and began to wrinkle after a month, didn't do as well. (We did not use them as jack-o-lanterns... to be honest, I was a little afraid of how they might smell if we cut them open after their long storage period.) Was all this trouble worth is? Yes! Our young son was thrilled to tell everyone we grew the white pumpkins, we received a lot of compliments, and the Halloween pictures turned out perfect. I recommend Lumina pumpkins.Date published: 2008-06-01Rated 3 out of 5 by TomatoBug from Very unusual... Most people aren't used to seeing white pumpkins. They are a terrific novelty. But, I agree with other reviewers on the production. The vines are not heavy producers. The pumpkins in my yard were somewhat small compared to what they should be. I would still recommend this pumpkin.Date published: 2008-02-01Rated 3 out of 5 by jjjj from not the best yield Wouldn’t call it extremely easy because the plants were attacked by vine borers. I managed to save two of the six vines but I only got one pumpkin out of the twoDate published: 2007-12-03Rated 5 out of 5 by wilbar from Good in high heat/humidity This pumkin variety is the only one out of several that I planted this year, to withstand the high heat,humidity,and molds and fungi. I found it more difficult to germinate and transplant than the others,so I would recommend direct sowing. I'm getting one to two pumkins per vine. They are a vivid white color with thin stems. I am growing them at the walls and borders around my yard in various locations.They seem to prefer the spots with some shade. The female blooms usually open at first light.When I see one opened,I grab a male bloom and fertilize it. This ensures pollination and gives each fruit a chance to mature. For me,this has been the best perfoming variety of several.Date published: 2007-08-12Rated 5 out of 5 by Edward from Good Pumpkin This is a very easy pumpkin to grow it produces very good yields. It also has a unique look to it. The one thing to look out for is the squash bug they love to eat and lay eggs on the lumina pumpkins.Date published: 2007-04-13