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Growing Pumpkins Tips for Growing these Giant Plants

Updated on July 14, 2009

Growing pumpkins is a fun venture that you can do with kids, adults, friends, neighbors, and anyone that you can think of that would like to try out growing an easy plant. I know that for me I like to let my kids help me grow pumpkins and they are only three and four years old so that should give you a clue on how easy it is to grow pumpkins. I know that for some new gardeners out there you will be puzzled about how to grow pumpkins and you might not even realize that you are going to need to adhere to the space requirements that are needed on the package. I know that I have experimented with pumpkins for some time in growing them in my garden with my kids and thought I would share the tips that I have discovered that have helped me out most in growing pumpkins.

1. Choose the proper soil.

While you are growing pumpkins one of the easiest mistakes to make is to plant the seeds in the wrong type of soil or wrong area of your soil. Now since they use a ton of water to produce the pumpkin you are probably thinking that if you plant them in an area that is constantly wet will help out, but that is not true in my experiences. I know that I have one low area of my garden that I used to try to grow pumpkins in, but the water that would lay there woud actually rot my seeds, but the seeds that I planted just up from them by a few inches grew perfectly fine. So the first tip that you will want when you are growing pumpkins is to choose the proper soil.

2. Allow Enough Space for Your Pumpkin Plants

I know that if you are like me you probably think that the space requirements are just recommendations. However, when you are growing pumpkins you will want to ensure that you follow the minimum amount of space required and possibly even utilize just a bit more space than what the package states. I know that for me when I was growing pumpkins last year I didn't follow the package because of space limitations and because of this mistake I couldn't get into my garden to harvest most of my other plants without stepping on pumpkin vines.

3. Growing Pumpkins Require Water

Yes, I know that earlier I said you do not want to have soil that is going to be laying in water. Which you do not want to have your plants rotting because they are so water logged, but you do want to have them growing. So you will want to ensure that your pumpkins get enough water otherwise you will end up with only small pumpkins that do not fare that well.

4. Growing Large Pumpkins

If you are trying to find out how to grow some large giant pumpkins then you will want to nip off some of the buds on your pumpkin plant. If you let the pumpkin plant keep multiple buds and they all get fertilized then you will have a ton of pumpkins, but the nutrient distribution will be going to all of those. So if you want to find those large giant pumpkins nip some of the buds off once you have a pumpkin growing. That way you will have the plant supplying all of the nutrients to the one pumpkin that is left growing.

While growing pumpkins is very fun for some people it can be very challenging for others. If you follow these tips though on growing pumpkins it can be a very exciting venture that you can experience with friends, family, and neighbors. I know that for me growing pumpkins means fresh pumpkin pie come fall, and not having to purchase pumpkins for carving come fall!

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      Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      Thanks for the tips. I'm going to try these this year.