Planting Pumpkins - Knowledgebase Question

Lisbon, ME
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Question by kaylin
November 8, 1997
When planting pumkins, how far apart should seeds be placed to provide adequate room for growth?

Answer from NGA
November 8, 1997
There are lots of different kinds of pumpkins, so planting distances will vary. I plant my pumpkins in hills--actually just mounds of soil about 2 feet in diameter and 6 inches high, with flattened tops. I space my hills about 4 feet apart, then plant 4 or 5 seeds per hill. I make a small depression where I plant the seeds to hold water and fertilizer, so it doesn't run down the side of the hill. You can thin your plants to one or two plants per hill.

If you are growing giant pumpkins, space hills farther apart and thin to one plant per hill; if you are growing bush or compact cultivars, you can space them closer.

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