As of 2013, Illinois grows the most pumpkins in the United States with an average of 427 million pounds yearly. Roughly 90 percent of these pumpkins grow within a radius of 90 miles of Peoria, Ill. Other pumpkin-growing states include California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan.
The Libby's pumpkin processing plant, owned and operated by the Nestle Food Company, is located in Morton, Ill. This self-proclaimed Pumpkin Capital of the World is located about 10 miles from Peoria. The plant processes and cans over 85 percent of the world's pumpkins each year. Other regions in the world that grow pumpkins include China, Egypt, Mexico, the Ukraine and India.Learn More
According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, end rot disease is one of the most common reasons why pumpkins fall off the vine before ripening. Pests, improper watering techniques, mold and mildew can also affect pumpkin growth.Full Answer >
Pumpkins should be cut off the vine when the rind is hard and the fruit sounds hollow when tapped. One way to test whether a pumpkin is ready for harvest is to attempt to puncture the skin with a fingernail, as mature pumpkins do not puncture easily.Full Answer >
As of August 2014, at least 48 manufacturers produce potting soil in the United States, including Grab N' Grow, Bio Com, Compost USA, Blackjack Soil Company, Pine Products, Creekside Soils, Green Country Soil, Dr. Earth, Graco Fertilizer, Master Mix and United Agricultural Service. Potting soil is enriched topsoil made from loam, sand, peat and nutrients that helps potted plants start their life cycle before developing full-fledged root systems.Full Answer >
The rose is the most popular flower in the United States and in the world, according to the National Gardening Association. It is grown all over the world, and it is the most popular flower given as a gift.Full Answer >