Pumpkin Growing Guide

Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita moschata, Cucurbita maxima


Crop Rotation Group

Cucurbits (Squash family) 


Rich soil with plenty of compost added.


Sunny sheltered site.

Frost tolerant



Fortnightly liquid feed from mid summer onwards.


Single Plants: 90cm (2' 11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 90cm (2' 11") with 90cm (2' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow under cover in pots in mid spring. Transfer to larger pots if necessary. Plant out in late spring when no danger of frost.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Towards the end of the summer raise the pumpkins off the ground by putting a piece of wood or similar under them to prevent rotting. Water roots generously in dry weather.


When the plant starts to die cut off the pumpkins leaving part of the stalk attached. Allow the skin to harden in the sun for a few days if wanting to store them in a frost-free place.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Pumpkin