The Q&A Archives: Soil for Growing Pumpkins

Question: What type of soil is best for growing pumpkins here in Florida? How wet or dry should the soil be and what pH level is best? Also, what fertilizers should I use?<br>

Answer: Pumpkins are a member of the squash family. Pumpkins<br>like a pH of 6 to 6.5. Beds must be well drained, and soil<br>should have plenty of organic matter. You can increase the amount of organic matter by adding compost or well-rotted manure. A small amount of 10-10-10 fertilizer should be worked into hill before planting. (By small I mean a quarter to a half cup per hill.) <br><br>Pumpkins like plenty of moisture but will not tolerate wet feet. Plant 6 seeds in hill and space hills 10' to 12' apart. When plants come up, pull up all but the best two. Side-dress with 10-10-10 fertilizer when vines begin to run.

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