Pumpkins require a long growing season of 75 to 100 frost-free days according to The Old Farmers Almanac. Do not plant the seeds until there is no further danger of frost and the soil is warm. Otherwise, the seeds may rot or not germinate.Know More
Plant Halloween pumpkins in late May in northern climates and early July in southern climates. Harvest pumpkins when they are deep orange and have a hard rind. This is usually in late September or early October.
Pumpkin vines require a minimum of 50 to 100 square feet of growing space. Plant four or five seeds per hill at a depth of 1 inch. Space the hills 5 to 6 feet apart in rows 10 to 15 feet apart.
Dry pumpkins in the sun for about 7 days to harden the skin. Leave long stems when removing them from the vines to slow down the rotting of the pumpkins, then store them in a dry place at around 55 degrees Fahrenheit.Learn more about Fruits & Veggies
Pumpkins are a part of the gourd family. Because of this, they have hard exterior shells with vertical seams, or lines, that protect the soft inner flesh of the fruit.Full Answer >
Pumpkins should be harvested when they are ripe, usually around the end of summer or the beginning of fall. A pumpkin is ripe when it is orange all the way around, has a hard stem and skin and sounds hollow when slapped or thumped.Full Answer >
Pumpkins are native to the Western Hemisphere, where they grew in a region stretching from the southwest United States to Peru. Cultivated for over 5,500 years, these gourds are one of the New World's longest-known crops.Full Answer >
Pumpkins are considered to be a fruit. Botanists consider fruits to be the portion of a plant that forms from a flower and also the part of a plant that contains seeds. Stems, leaves, roots and even flower buds are considered to be vegetables.Full Answer >