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:

  • Frost
  • Sun
  • Water
  • Space
  • Soil


Pumpkins are harvest during October. They should be orange color when you harvest them.


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The top producing states for pumpkin are:

  1. Illinois - 4.97 million pounds
  2. California - 1.6 million pounds
  3. Ohio - 1.33 million pounds
  4. Pennsylvania - 1.31 million pounds
  5. Michigan - 854 thousand pounds

Life Cycle of a Pumpkin

Important Facts

  • 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


Pumpkins can be used in many things. Uses include:

  • Pie
  • Oatmeal
  • Cupcakes
  • Bread
  • Smoothies


Pumpkins can be attacked by many pests. Ways you can stop the pest are chemical, mechanical, and genetically.