Pumpkins are planted during the last week of May and early June. Pumpkins usually like when they are directly planted in to the ground. They also should be planted in full sun. Pumpkins usually take 90-120 frost-free days to grow to regular size.
Things to consider before planting:
The top producing states for pumpkin are:
- Illinois - 4.97 million pounds
- California - 1.6 million pounds
- Ohio - 1.33 million pounds
- Pennsylvania - 1.31 million pounds
- Michigan - 854 thousand pounds
Life Cycle of a Pumpkin
- Originate from flowers
- Carving them in to jack-o'-lanterns originated hundreds of years ago in Ireland
- You can save their seeds and plant them the next year to grow pumpkins
- They got the name pumpkins by the name "gros melons"
Anatomy of a Pumpkin
Handle of the pumpkin
Absorb the energy from the sun to help it grow
Twists around objects on the ground to help anchor the vine from wind
Also known as its fibrous strands and seeds
Thin, shiny, outer layer of the pumpkin. Keeps insects and disease out of the pumpkin
Ridges on the outside of the pumpkin
Pumpkins can be used in many things. Uses include:
Pumpkins can be attacked by many pests. Ways you can stop the pest are chemical, mechanical, and genetically.
Holes in the leaves
Damages the young seeds
Sucks the surface cells which causes yellowing and bronzing of the affected areas. It can be found on leaves, growing points, and the flowers.