Question: We live in Indiana. My grand-daughter and I have been experimenting to discover the best time to plant pumpkins so they are ready to pick when we want to use them. At the end of october. Can you help us?
Steve Popejoy

Answer: The best way to insure your pumpkins are ready when you want them is to choose a variety that matures in a specific number of days. Pumpkin varieties range in maturity time from 100-125 days so mid-June to early July planting allows enough time to produce and harvest the crop by mid- to late-October. Just count backwards from the week you'd like to harvest through the number of days listed on the seed package as days to maturity and you'll know approximately when to plant. Give a week or ten days leeway because weather ultimately determines how long it takes a pumpkin to mature. Hope this information helps you plan your harvest!

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