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Old 09-12-2011, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Any thoughts on growing pumpkins from seed? Do I plant the seeds now or in the spring? Is one variety better than another? I want them for decoration, not pies and I don't care if they are huge (I just want cute pumpkins to put on my step and tell people they came from my garden).
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:05 PM
 
Location: rain city
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Pumpkins are ridiculously easy to grow from seed. Start them in the spring.
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:57 AM
 
Location: The Mitten
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Any thoughts on growing pumpkins from seed? Do I plant the seeds now or in the spring? Is one variety better than another? I want them for decoration, not pies and I don't care if they are huge (I just want cute pumpkins to put on my step and tell people they came from my garden).
There are numerous different types of pumpkins. You might want to check out Jack O' Lantern pumpkins. They're a medium size, yellow orange-ish pumpkin.

Plant the seeds in the Spring, give them lots of room to grow and, of course, water. If you know you have enough pumpkins on a vine, start clipping off new growth to allow the pumpkins more energy.
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Woodbridge
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Last year I didnt plant a single pumpkin seed in my garden but there must have been a bunch in the manure I got from the hosrefarm since they took over my garden. They are very easy to grow. Make sure you have plenty of space because they will take over and conquer.
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Old 09-16-2011, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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If your going to grow a Giant Atlantic Pumpkin, then you have to start in February, growing it in a 5 gallon bucket...

I grew two of them in my life. But, my mistake was, I kept moving the vines to cut the grass, (they grew out of the garden real quick)..... Problem I had with the first one.. I didnt know what to do with the gallons of pumkin I had...couldnt give enough away LOL.

The second time I grew one, I did the same mistake, moved the vines, but, it was in my brother in laws garden, and OOOPS..
I didnt know this would happen, but, ALL the squash turned orange!!! OK, I never knew that bees would 'cross polinate' in that way!!
Uh, he was a whole lot of upset with me for that one ROTFLOL.. Told me I would NEVER grow another pumkin with in a mile of his squash again.. Oh well, it was funny to me

I wish you will...

Jesse
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Old 09-17-2011, 12:16 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Any thoughts on growing pumpkins from seed? Do I plant the seeds now or in the spring? Is one variety better than another? I want them for decoration, not pies and I don't care if they are huge (I just want cute pumpkins to put on my step and tell people they came from my garden).
Here is an excellent site to answer all your questions:

Specialty Crop Profile: Pumpkins - Home - Virginia Cooperative Extension
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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You can start them inside around mid May if you want a early start or just wait until you can plant the seed out side as your not trying to grow a giant.

Amend your soil with some compost or composted manure & water regularly.

As for Variety, it depends, a Atlantic Giant can grow so big that it will weight well over 100lbs. something to consider.
Most folks just want a nice Jack-o-lantern.


Pumpkins & squash can cross pollinate but I think it's only one or 2 variety's that can, as we have never had any do so?

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Any thoughts on growing pumpkins from seed? Do I plant the seeds now or in the spring? Is one variety better than another? I want them for decoration, not pies and I don't care if they are huge (I just want cute pumpkins to put on my step and tell people they came from my garden).
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Old 09-17-2011, 10:40 AM
 
Location: NC, USA
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I agree with Azoria!!
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