Soil for Growing Pumpkins - Knowledgebase Question

Ft. Pierce, FL
Question by FLREDBAROR
December 18, 1997
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?

Answer from NGA
December 18, 1997
Pumpkins are a member of the squash family. Pumpkins
like a pH of 6 to 6.5. Beds must be well drained, and soil
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.)

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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