These pumpkins often weigh from 50 to 100 pounds and can have a diameter of 20 inches or more.
Distinctive pinkish-orange rind with bright yellow-orange, thick flesh.
Species: Cucurbita maxima
Packet: Avg. 3 gm. App. 20 seeds. $4.00
PLANT SPACING: Medium- and large-fruited pumpkin varieties need plenty of growing room for sufficient sunlight
penetration for successful fruiting, and to grow to their fruit size potential. Rules of thumb: Small fruited = 18
sq.ft./plant; Medium = 24; Large = 30; Giant = 48.
TIMING: Sow pumpkins to mature in Sept. for the fall decorating market. Too many days of sun on fruits in the field
after maturity will bleach handles and sunscald the fruits.
HARVEST: Before frost or after 1 or 2 light frosts. Clip stems close to the vine. Use care to avoid gouging or
bruising. Store under cover with plenty of air.
AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE: 2 seeds/18″ in rows 6′ apart,
TRANSPLANTS: 3 seeds/pot.