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Growing Pumpkin

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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

04 Oct 16, rebecca (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi, my female flowers and small pumpkin are going brown and falling off anywhere in size from and marble to squash ball size. The plant is quite vigorous but have started getting yellow spots on the more mature leaves. have fertilized with granules with trace elements but do I need something else. it is planted in a raised bed near a brick wall.
07 Oct 16, bincy (Australia - temperate climate)
Are their enough bees to help pollination? If the female flowers are not pollinated, this fruit drop can happen. Tou can hand pollinate them.
04 Sep 16, Nina Russell (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in suburban Adelaide can I use a slow release fertilizer on my pumpkin seedlings and how often should I water them?
06 Aug 16, Paul (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Growing pumpkins here in Gracemere CQ. Has always be a difficult crop because of the powder mildew fungi , over watering the soil seems to be the main action that is the cause of this problem .pumpkins need to be kept moist but not damp. This year I am trying to water under ground method and covering the soil around the plant so as to stop the damp rising towards to plant leaves . . I will see if this will help ?
19 Aug 16, Rob (Australia - temperate climate)
Paul, try spraying the leaves with a mix of 1 tablespoon of full cream milk to 1ltr of water to get rid of the powdery mildew. The underground watering should help also. Cheers, Rob
03 Aug 16, John Bushell (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi y'all, What is the reason that pumpkins should not be grown in the same plot as potatoes? How far separated do they need to be? Best wishes, John
20 Jul 16, Lattsy (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi! I live in CRANBOURNE Melbourne Victoria! Last season I grew a huge crop of spookie pumpkins and they gave my wifey her pumpkin fix till now! We have 3 left and they have held together perfectly! I am eager to grow butternut pear shaped pumpkins here and am just wondering if you could help me out with some advice?? What to feed em? When to seed em? What position? Do they respond to compost? Thanks regards lattsy!
15 May 16, Cathy [email protected] (Australia - temperate climate)
Please someone ,could someone tell me when to plant butternut seeds. Now in May autumn and live in Melbourne in Victoria Australia
04 Aug 16, Suzanne (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Cathy Gerry Coleby Williams online at Gardening Australia says put your seeds in at 20C as this is temperature needed to germinate pumpkin and all 'curcubit' seeds. Gardenate for temperate Australia says Sep, Oct, Nov for planting. Seeds into some seed raising mix - you can sift your dry compost and add a bit of peat moss and use this as its equally as rich as any 'bought' seed raising mix and when you have actual leaves (as opposed to the first two green 'leaves' which are actually dicotyledons known as'dicots' and not leaves as the plant needs to grow and develop its leaves before being transplanted) plant them out. Hope this helps!
03 May 16, Lynne (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, Because pumpkins are harvested around autumn should I dry out and save my seeds until spring for planting?
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