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Growing Pumpkin

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
                  P P P

(Best months for growing Pumpkin in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 20°C and 32°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 90 - 120 cm apart
  • Harvest in 15-20 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Sweet Corn
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes

Your comments and tips

22 Dec 19, peter (Australia - tropical climate)
I lived in Victoria Australia every Christmas grew turks head pumpkins. gave them out as presents I want to do something similar up in tropical queensland.what can you think of please
24 Dec 19, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You could grow the Turkish pumpkin, you would have to plant the seeds mid winter and have warm soil to germinate the seeds.
23 Dec 19, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I live near Bundaberg and at the gardens I work at, a lady planted sunflowers 2 months ago. We are picking the flowers now - quite stunning a bunch of five heads in a vase. I have Kent or jap pumpkin growing now but won't be ripe for another 4-6 weeks. I say so often here it is too hot to be growing crops in late Nov and Dec unless you are protecting them from the sun. Sweet potatoes would probably grow. They grow here all year round.
14 Nov 19, Tim Dare (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi, I’m curious about the advice not to plant potatoes and pumpkin together. Some sites seem to suggest that the two won’t do well if planted too close together. Is that right? I have a large potato patch (about 40sqm) and was planning to plant pumpkin in about 2sqm at one end. Would that be a mistake? Thanks
15 Nov 19, Another gardener (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
A few pumpkin plants would need half your potato patch to grow in - not 2 sqm.
14 Nov 19, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Some plants produce chemicals in the soil or extensive root systems which affect other plants. The advice is generally to avoid planting curcubits (pumpkins, courgettes etc.) and potatoes together. If you have room grow them in separate plots.
02 Nov 19, Natalie (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi :) this is my first go at pumpkins so I planted my own seeds straight from my pumpkin I placed them in a pot that has a maple tree. When should I move these sprouts please
04 Nov 19, anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
After they produce their first or second set of true leaves. Protect them from the sun the first few days when planting out.
07 Nov 19, Natalie (Australia - temperate climate)
Thank u so much :)))
20 Jan 20, anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The first set of leaves when a seed germinates provides some nutrient to start the seedling growing. The next two to three set of leaves will start to establish the plant. Transplant at this stage. The longer you leave it the higher chance of setting the plant back a lot and longer for the plant to recover. Seedlings will establish, grow quicker and be stronger when planted out into good rich soil, then confined to a small punnet cell or pot.
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My mum made me put 2 seeds in the same spot, will that ruin the pumpkins?

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