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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 68°F and 90°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 35 - 47 inches apart
  • Harvest in 15-20 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Sweet Corn
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes

Your comments and tips

02 Oct 19, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Or transplant one of the pumpkin to another spot and grow it also. When planting 2-3 seeds close together think about planting them 100-150mm apart so that if you want to move them then you can retain a fair amount of soil around the roots when moving them, helps with transplant shock.
02 Oct 19, Alisina Zahidi (Australia - temperate climate)
My mum said the same thing, she said we will see which plant is going to be strongest. Thank you for your help
22 Jul 19, John Pare (Australia - tropical climate)
I lived in Papua New guinea the climate is usually wet and dry season all year. Can I grow butternut pumpkin in that kind of climate?
23 Jul 19, (Australia - tropical climate)
Plant April to July.
03 Jul 19, Trevor Worth (Australia - temperate climate)
Can a Butternut Pumpkin be grown from a top only, and what would be the best method? I'd love to try it if there's a chance it may work. Thank you kindly.
04 Jul 19, (Australia - temperate climate)
I don't see it working. Stick some skewers in it and hang it in water.
02 Jun 19, Sue (Australia - arid climate)
Surprisingly I have pumpkin seeds growing in the shadehouse ??? Is there anyway i can encourage their growth or are they doomed
27 Apr 19, Lindsey (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I would like to grow some pepitas or other breed of squash that has an edible seed. Can you reccomend a type and tell me where i can buy seed, cheers Lindsey
22 Jul 19, Walter fargo (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi Lindsy. Try Kings seeds, they have two types of oil seed pumpkin (that is the type you want). Austrian Oil Seed Pumpkin and Pumpkin Lady Godiva. Be careful with the water when sowing the seed, as they have no husk they can rot if the soil is too wet.
26 Apr 19, skyler (USA - Zone 7b climate)
What time of year is it best to grow pumpkins at ?
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I would like to grow some pepitas or other breed of squash that has an edible seed. Can you reccomend a type and tell me where i can buy seed, cheers Lindsey

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