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KatieMaeJoBob
Oct 29, 2017 8:52 PM CST
I was carving a pumpkin for Halloween this and inside I found some of the seeds sprouting...to the point of flowering...roots and all. Is there a way to grow them indoors? Unfortunately, I live in the Pacific Northwest and we have a short growing season. I would appreciate any advice. I do know they take a lot of water and sunlight...are growing lights a possible solution?
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porkpal
Oct 29, 2017 9:13 PM CST
You could certainly start them indoors then move them out. They will need a lot of room.
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DaisyI
Oct 29, 2017 9:17 PM CST
Welcome!

Sprouted roasted pumpkin seeds just don't have the same appeal as salted roasted...

Growing a pumpkin plant indoors in the winter in the PNW? No way...

Not enough heat. Not enough light. Not enough room! How are sprouted pumpkin seeds on salad?

Finding sprouted seeds in a pumpkin or any winter squash this time of year is not that uncommon. It just means they were picked and sold past their "experation date". It doesn't matter if you are carving your squash as part of your holiday decorations. It would be a bigger problem if you were trying to eat it.
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Weedwhacker
Oct 29, 2017 10:20 PM CST
I've never found sprouted seeds inside a squash/pumpkin, even in ones that I had definitely kept long after their "prime," but I imagine the sprouted seeds would be quite nutritious -- sprouted seeds of all sorts seem to be in favor these days!

Have to agree with Daisy that you wouldn't want to try growing the plants indoors! Also, those sprouted seeds aren't "flowering," the long parts are the stems and roots, and the parts by the shell of the seed are what are called "seed leaves." If planted the stems would lengthen and start making true leaves, and some time later the flowers would show up -- pumpkin flowers are LARGE. Smiling
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