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Growing Pumpkin

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Pumpkin in Australia - temperate regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

September: Frost tender

  • 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 in same bed): Sweet Corn
  • Avoid growing in same bed: Potatoes
  • Pumpkin on vine
    Pumpkin on vine

A large trailing plant with yellow, bell-shaped flowers, pumpkin is frost tender. Most varieties will take up a lot of room . Grow them at the edge of your garden patch so that they can spread away from other vegetables. Butternut produces small to medium pear-shaped fruit with deep orange flesh . Buttercup are small to medium round pumpkins with dark green skin. There are a number of large pumpkins, some round and flattish - good for storage and eating - others will produce the "Cinderella coach" type giant round fruit which are not such good eating.

Harvest when the vines die off and the pumpkins' stalks are dry. Leave a small piece of stalk attached to the fruit to prevent damp causing rot. The fruit can be stored for months in a cool airy place. In some parts of New Zealand, they are stored on shed roofs.

Pumpkins sometimes need hand pollination if the fruit are not setting well or die off after starting to grow.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Pumpkin

Cut up, remove the skin and roast with other vegetables or meat.

Young crisp shoots with young leaves can be cooked and eaten - stewed in coconut milk they are popular in Melanesia. Remove any strings and tough parts and stew until tender, or cook as a vegetable in boiling water 3-5 minutes.

Your comments and tips

30 Jan 16, Helen (Australia - temperate climate)
My Kent or Jap pumpkin is rampaging thru my garden but hasn't formed any flowers yet can you please tell me when that is likely to happen. they were planted early Nov.
30 Jan 16, Shirlie (Australia - temperate climate)
I Planted my pumpkins on Cup Day, I still have no flowers but lots of vine trail plants. Am I doing anything wrong. 1st time pumpkin planter. Must admit I am over undated with very ripe juicy tomatoes.
19 Jan 16, russell (Australia - temperate climate)
Very strong Queensland Blue plants but to many male flowers, not many female Any answers?
11 Jan 16, bill (Australia - tropical climate)
I have a jap pumpkin It has produced two round pumpkins and two egg shaped pumpkins . The round ones are gray and the egg shaped are still green . They are from the same plant but different vines . Can any one tell me if this is normal .
08 Jan 16, Glen Gilbert (Australia - arid climate)
My female fruits are turning yellow when they are about the size of a pea and flower is not even close to flowering. Can you help?
06 Jan 16, Jill (Australia - temperate climate)
I have Butternut pumpkins and pumpkins have started to grow. I won't know if they are not fertilized until they go mushy. Can I trim the vines and leave the best pumpkins to develop? Does it hurt to trim off leaves if a vine seems too leafy ? Jill
04 Jan 16, Katy (Australia - temperate climate)
I'm new to this gardening business - at least, I've never had much luck before. Possums or bugs have eaten everything I've tried to grow, but 2016 is my year to succeed in the garden! I would like to plant some pumpkin seeds. Am I too late to do this now? Do I need to wait until after next winter to get seedlings going, or will I still be OK to plant some in January in Sydney? TIA
05 Jan 16, Kathleen (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
If you get them in now Katy you should have some success. I'd probably go for the butternut or the golden nuggets. Good luck.
30 Dec 15, des (Australia - temperate climate)
I planted 4 seeds, 3 have produced some small yellow pumpins,the other ,which i placed awire mesh around , hased produced 3 nice sized pumpkins.But, they are green,not yellow.Can you tell me why , and what to do? Thank you
17 Nov 15, Andy (Australia - temperate climate)
My pumpkin plant has pumpkins that are about the size of lemons. They are now starting to go a bit soft and mushy and don't look healthy. What is reason for that? Thanking you in advance
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