Connecticut Field Pumpkin Guide
This is one of the oldest varieties of heirloom pumpkins dating from before 1700’s. The well know pumpkin is most used for jack-o-lanterns and will easily reach enormous sizes of 12” in diameter and grow to 15-20 lbs.!
Pumpkins grow best in warm weather between 68°F-95°F. They do great in small gardens and pretty large containers (5-10 gallon). Bank on Seeds recommends direct seeding.
If Direct Seeding
- Direct seed outside 3-4 weeks after last frost date; or
- Direct seed into a container 24 inches wide and 12 inches deep anytime of the year. It can be placed outside when the temperature is between 68°F-95°F; or
Begin the growing season early and start the pumpkin seeds indoors just before last frost date in biodegradable pods that will let the roots grow through. Germination is best and fastest between 68°F-75°F. It can be transplanted outside 4 weeks later.
Sow seeds 1 inch deep and 24 inches apart with rows spaced 18-24 inches apart. Germination will take 4-9 days.
Pumpkins like well-draining, loose soil with lots of aged compost and organic matter. They also love full sun and warm weather. Water often and consistently to keep the soil evenly moist, especially on hot days. Check the top 1-2 inches of soil and if dry, water it. Do not let dry between watering.
Apply mulch around the area to retain moisture and deter weeds. Use 5-10-10 fertilizer every 4-6 weeks.
Connecticut Field Pumpkins are full grown in 115 days. The pumpkin is ready when the outer skin is hard enough not to be punctured by your nail. You can also tell when the color of the rinds turns a deep rich orange. Cut the pumpkin close to the vine, leaving 3 inches of stem above the fruit to keep fresh longer. Carrying by the vine handle is not recommended.
Aphids, squash bug, borer, cucumber beetles – handpick or spray off, neem oil, row cover or plant collar, insecticidal soap
Wilt, mosaic virus, mildew, blossom end rot – crop rotation, ensure enough air flow, keep free of debris
*Companion plant pumpkins with bush beans, corn, squash, peas, nasturtiums, marigolds, and borage. Avoid planting with cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, and potatoes. *