Pumpkins require abundant sunlight for growth. You can plant pumpkins seeds in May if you are living in the northern regions. Early July would be ideal for southern regions. There are more than 50 varieties of pumpkins found the world over. Different varieties require different spacing techniques. The larger ones have to be placed far apart when compared to the smaller ones.
They require a rich nutritious soil. A high nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium content is necessary for vine growth and fruit formation. The soil temperature should be at least seventy degrees Fahrenheit. The climate should be completely frost-free. Soil should be well aerated and porous. The vines require a lot of ground space. The area used for planting seeds should therefore be large and spacious to prevent over crowding. Each seed has to be spaced at least two to four inches apart. Thinning to two feet is necessary when the saplings have about three to four leaves. The plants have to be watered until late July and early August. This will encourage proper root formation. The leaves should not look withered or dry. Immediate watering is necessary in such situations.
Flowers will blossom in about a month’s time. Pollination will occur soon after. The plant has to be thinned repeatedly in such a way that only a single fruit remains. This will encourage fuller fruits formation. The plants have to be harvested when the rind is tough and deep in color. The smaller varieties turn orange very quickly and should therefore be harvested immediately.
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