• Last Chance to Plant Pumpkins
    Thursday, July 3, 2008 at

    Pumpkins are related to gourds, cucumbers, melons and squash. They grow on plants that have long, stretching vines that sprawl across the ground. The best time to plant pumpkin seeds is during the last part of May to the middle of June, but plants are available at garden centers and can be planted now for a fall harvest.

    The blossoms (yellow flowers) will start to appear after about three weeks of growth. The blossoms that produce pollen will appear first. About a week later, the female blossoms will begin to appear. The female blossoms will have a little pumpkin at their base. When both sexes appear on the vines, bees will carry the pollen from the male to the female. The little pumpkin will develop into a full size pumpkin after it has been pollinated. During the pumpkin's growth period, the plant will continue to blossom.

    It takes about three to six months for a pumpkin to grow to its peak size. The seeds found inside pumpkins can be saved to grow new pumpkins the following year.

    Recommended - plant your pumpkin in Agromin's Vegetable Garden Mix -- a specific organic soil conditioner blend for vegetables. Vegetable Garden Mix is particularly effective in conditioning sandy or clay soil conditions but is also beneficial for any vegetable planting application including raised vegetable beds or even flowers, roses and shrubs. No need to fertilize. ProPower keeps delivering essential nutrients for up to 45 days with a combination of immediate release and timed release ingredients.

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