How To Grow Giant Pumpkins Book

How do you grow a giant pumpkin step by step?

  • Prepare the Soil. Start with a pH test in fall and adjust your pH to between 6.5 and 6.8 by adding sulfur to lower the pH or lime to raise it.
  • Sow Seeds.
  • Transplant Seedlings.
  • Protect Seedlings.
  • Pollinate Flowers.
  • Reposition Set Pumpkins.
  • Select the Most Promising Pumpkin.
  • Prune Vines.
  • What is the best way to grow giant pumpkins?

    Full sun is important - avoid sites with full or partial shade. Avoid soil compaction in the field. Some growers use stepping stones or boards to minimize impact during the season. Place plastic around the base of the pumpkin about two weeks before planting to bring the soil temperature to about 60 degrees.

    How many days does it take to grow a giant pumpkin?

    Giant pumpkins need a lot of water and sugar, and they need it fast. A typical giant pumpkin grows from seed to huge orange squash in only 120 to 160 days. At peak growth, it's putting on 15 kilograms (33 pounds) every day. That's like daily adding a two-year-old child to its mass.

    How much water does a giant pumpkin need?


    Giant Pumpkins require approximately 1 to 1 ½ inches per week. The amount of water required can vary greatly depending on soil type, temperature, humidity, time of year, etc. Once you get a feel for your patch you can better adjust to your own watering needs. But many growers need a good starting place.

    How much space does a giant pumpkin need to grow?

    Prepare the Soil Well

    Pumpkins are hungry feeders and also need a lot of space for their vines to spread out, so a giant pumpkin needs a giant amount of space. Think up to 1,200 square feet or, roughly, a 40-foot diameter circle. Make sure your planting and growing area gets full sun (8 hours of sunlight per day)!

    How do you germinate giant pumpkin seeds?

  • Giant pumpkin seeds are larger than normal pumpkin seeds so before sowing, soak them for an hour or two in tepid water (20-30°C)
  • Sow a couple of seeds pointy end down into a light, free-draining compost.
  • Do not overwater!
  • To encourage germination, keep the seeds somewhere warm and light (25-30°C is ideal).
  • Do pumpkins like wet or dry soil?

    Pumpkins are thirsty, and big pumpkins are even more so, but you can easily over-water. Be sure to keep the soil moist, but not wet. Water whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. With enough moisture and nutrition, giant pumpkins can grow over 30 pounds in a single day.

    What do you put under pumpkins so they don't rot?

    Place a piece of wood or cardboard under growing pumpkins. This elevates the pumpkins off soggy soil to help prevent rot.

    Should I put cardboard under pumpkins?

    Harvest Your Perfect Pumpkins

    The next step is to place a piece of cardboard or newspaper underneath your pumpkin to protect the growing fruit from the soil. The soil can cause the pumpkin to rot over time. Finally, your pumpkin is ready to be picked when you notice a few details on your formed pumpkin.

    What kind of soil is best for pumpkins?

    Pumpkins and squash can be grown successfully on almost any good soil where they will receive full sunlight throughout the day. Sandy soils high in organic matter are best because the soul will warm up fast and drain quickly. If the soil is heavy (clay), it might help to add sand and organic matter.

    How do you prepare soil for pumpkins?

    To prepare a soil bed for pumpkins, select the size of area you are going to prepare (bearing in mind pumpkin plants will need a good deal of space, vines can run 25 feet or more) and dig down two to three feet and then backfill with a rich compost and manure mix.

    When can I transplant a giant pumpkin?

    Around 7 days your seedling should be more accustomed to the outside environment. And be ready for transplanting out into your pumpkin patch. If possible transplanting on a cloudy day is ideal.

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