Growing pumpkins are very easy and fun rewarding. Before planting pumpkin in your vegetable garden you need to know the requirements and growing condition of pumpkins.
Prepare the soil for planting. Pumpkins prefer a well-drained, fertile, loamy soil and pH of growing pumpkins should be neutral. Pumpkins prefer full sun. Choose a site where it gets at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. Sow pumpkin seeds directly into the garden soil 1-2 inches deep. Make sure the soil is thoroughly warmed before planting any seeds. Pumpkin seeds will germinate when the temperature is about 60 degree F and it will take 7 – 10 days to sprout. Remember pumpkins are very sensitive to the frost.
Once your seedling set true leaves add some organic nutrients to your pumpkin plant. This nutrient enhances your plant’s cellular metabolism and gives your plant an extra boost to develop their growth. Pumpkins are vigorous vines and need ample space to sprawl. Best temperature for growing pumpkins are 75-85 degree F in the day time and in the night 60-70 degree F. Plants get severely injured and maturity delay by temperatures below 40 degree F and stop growing if the temperatures below 50 degree F (10 degree C).
Pumpkins are very thirsty plants and they need lots of water to survive. Water them deeply as long as the soil is moisture your plant will look happy and good or your pumpkin plant will look droopy. While watering the plants make sure not to water on the leaves as it will lead to fungal diseases.
Pumpkin starts flowering after ten weeks from planting. Their blooms are big and golden yellow color and blooms for only one day. Pumpkin plant has two kinds of flowers male and female pumpkin flowers. Male flowers sit on long thin stems and appear more plentiful than female flowers. Female flower sits closer to the vine and rest like queens. Of course bees are the only matchmakers here, they gather pollen from male flowers and deposit in the female flowers.
Pumpkins appear when the flower dried and fall off. Give a good care to your pumpkins and enjoy harvesting big pumpkins. You should know when to harvest pumpkins; check out the color of the fruit, when it changes into the deep shades of the setting sun you can harvest pumpkins. Store your pumpkins in a warm, dry and airy place and save pumpkin seeds for next year.