The Q&A Archives: Flowers But No Pumpkins

Question: My 4 yr old planted pumpkins that can be 200 lbs and he is very excited about them. It's almost August and the vine has just started getting flowers is he going to get any pumpkins or is it to late in the season? when do you harvest them Oct.?

Answer: Pumpkins are harvested after frost kills the vines back. If you don't have small pumpkins already on the vine, your chances of getting a harvestable crop are pretty slim. Pumpkins really need hot weather to produce well. They also need all day sunshine and plenty of water. You can sometimes help things along by laying black plastic over the soil before planting your pumpkins. Black plastic helps absorb and radiate heat down into the root zone, which helps the plants perform well. I hope your son gets to harvest a pumpkin this year! If not, try a smaller variety of pumpkin next year. Good luck!

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