I play around with this every year and haven't quite gotten it right yet. I want my pumpkins to finish around halloween, no earlier than Sept. 30th. I waited until June to plant my butternut squash this year (planted in hills with decorative corn) and it looks pretty terrible right now. No flowers, vines weak. Planted pumpkins in late May and they are vibrant and full of flowers. Bad year, or bad planting dates? Thanks!!
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Hi OldRoses - I have my pumps and squash both in hills. Last frost is May 15 for me, too. I guess I should have asked... if I want to pick pumpkins aroundhalloween, can I wait to plant them? I planted the pumps in May, and the squash in June. Thanks!
You will have to keep an eye on the weather. If you are zone 6 like me, then your first frost date is Oct 15. A frost will kill your vines. You will want to harvest your pumpkins either right before or right after a frost.
It is normal for them to vine like crazy, as watermelons, cantelopes, pumpkins, cucumbers, etc., grow long vines all over the place. Good luck with your harvest!
Thanks Insane Mundane....we were worried as just the one plant is gargantuan and the others are starting to catch up! LoL
Dang, I wished I would have checked her profile and seen that she was from northeastern US, as they have different growing dates. Oh, well, Rachel can just bump my start dates up a bit from the southeastern US and cut the end dates off earlier.
Thanks Jill! Ultimately I think you're right on with the planting dates. May15 - June1 is recommended by the extension office here. I followed an old Native American planting practice for my fancy corn w/ squash in the hills this year - late June.
This happened to me with pumpkin vines. Supposedly you can use something long and thin like a straightened wire hanger and stick it inside the affected vine until you reach the borer and skewer it. I was never successful doing it.
My pumpkins look awesome; I planted them in June, have basically never watered them, and they're kicking. The squash, which I've manured and watered, looks like it needs a mercy killing. Thanks for answering!
Wow, lucky you - stagger-planting squash all summer long! Nice idea about experimenting. That's what I've been doing the past few years, hence my irregular planting dates and sad, sad looking butternut squash. ;)