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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

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
18 Nov 15, Jenny (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Andy, Your pumpkin babies may not have been pollinated. The female flowers produce the small pumpkin but unless it is pollinated from the male flower the pumpkin does not mature. I always find if I do it myself I don't lose any small pumpkins. I just look every morning and collect the pollen from the male flowers and wipe it carefully all the way around the female flowers, including inside the little "arches". You are meant to use a little brush but I often just use part of the pumpkin leaf, the pollen collects on it very well and always comes off in the female. Hope that helps. Jenny
17 Nov 15, Sue cox (Australia - arid climate)
I am growing Queensland blue pumpkin, I was told to feed the plant with potash. You can get this from a garden shop. It worked, so far I have had lots of flowers. Still to early to have fruit yet, here's hoping.
12 Nov 15, Joseph (Australia - arid climate)
I live in Rockingham w a My b/nuts are just starting to flower. Can plant all year round July a good time to put seed in. I started late this year. regards Joe
07 Nov 15, lyn brearley (Australia - temperate climate)
I have grown some butternuts from seed, big, healthy looking plants, huge leaves but no flowers, help.
04 Nov 15, Joseph (Australia - temperate climate)
How do u combat mould?
03 Nov 15, larretta (Australia - temperate climate)
what is them seedling time for Pumpkin Sweet Grama?
01 Nov 15, Barry J Hewitrt (Australia - temperate climate)
Last year 2014 I planted some Queensland blue Pumpkins at the end of the harvest I picked 22 pumpkins, but much to my dismay a lot of them were very woody why would this be can any one give me an answer as they weren't very good for pumpkin soup. Cheers Bazza
15 Nov 15, Ricki (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi Barry, as I understand it pumpkins can be woody if they've been cross-pollinated with other types of pumpkins. Do you have others planted nearby? Perhaps a neighbour does? Hope this helps, cheers, Ricki.
19 Sep 15, Laurie Thompson (Australia - temperate climate)
Jane Did you have any luck with Windsor Black Pumpkin seeds . Are they still on ebay Laurie
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