What is the best time of the year to plant pumpkins and squash?
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!!
Squash of course around May 10th, The same for pumpkins. But, If you want to plant anything now? Pumpkins will thrive this time of year. No luck on the squash though, Only in the spring.
Hmm, I think here in south east PA if I planted pumpkins now they wouldn't have enough time to finish up. Thanks!
That's okay! I should have mentioned where I am from
I agree with J...and, so much more can affect the results, especially the amount of water the plants get. Pumpkins, especially, seem sensitive to needing water at the right amount at the right time. So consider these other factors as well.
You definitely want to start your pumpkins fairly early, preferably in May, since they take so long to grow.
As for squash, I know that you can plant summer squash in May, June, July, and August, and have a decent yield for months. If you have the available land, you can experiment with different locations which will effect the amount of sun they get, from month to month. For example, they need sunnier areas when planting early or late, and more shade during the peak of summer.
Anyway, I have been staggering my squash plants all summer in 2 to 3 week intervals (sow seed, wait a couple weeks, plant again, wait a few more weeks, etc.), so I can achieve a steady yield. In fact, even though it is August 9th right now, I got some young squash plants that I'm about to transplant into the garden in a couple days, and they will produce just like all the other ones, unless some garden pests or bad weather hits.
My location is in the southeastern region of the United States, so depending on your area, results may vary...
I'm not sure what part of PA you're in, but ... late May to the first of June would probably be the right time to direct seed winter squash and pumpkin. You ought to email your county extension service or give them a call if they don't list planting dates for your area online.
Here's to better luck next year! (And a cooler summer.) (:
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 is the first year we planted pumpkins and so far so good except I think the pumpkin vines will soon be knocking on the backdoor. I want to say we planted the pumpkins in either late June or early July as the package said how long they take and we figured they would not be ready till right before Halloween.Lets hope so because I think we are going to have an awful lot. We have a raised bed and just one of the plants has now spread out so much it looks to be about 10 feet long and coming out of the bed. Do we need to do anything about this? LoL...I am afraid we will be over run with pumpkins this year.
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
Pumpkins are a type of squash, so you should be planting your pumpkins and squash at the same time. Seeds can be direct sown after your last frost date. Here in NJ, zone 6, that is May 15. If you don't know the last frost date for your area, contact your local extension office. If you want to get a jump on the growing season, you can start seeds indoors and then plant your vines outside after your last frost date. Squash don't like cold which isn't a problem this year for most parts of the country. Pumpkins are heavy feeders so you must fertilize them. I'm an organic gardener. I use a lot of compost. Watering is critical, especially this year when it has been so scarce for so many people. You cannot depend on rain only, you will need to provide supplemental watering. But don't over water! Squash doesn't like soggy soil. That's why you should plant them in hills or raised beds to provide good drainage. I hope you have plenty of space. Pumpkin vines get huge and love to sprawl all over your yard. I found a silver lining: it meant less lawn to mow! Good luck with your garden this year.
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.
I figured out that some of my butternut squash got a borer in the vines . That's why it has looked so pathetic. Apparently there's some way I can get in there to remove the borer and maybe save the plants. Anyway, at least I know it wasn't my planting dates that limited my butternut squash production!
by Alastar Packer 9 years ago
Whats the best time to plant Squash?
by Melanie Casey 3 years ago
What do you grow in your garden?
by Jill Spencer 6 years ago
What invasive plant do you fight in your garden?It seems like all gardeners have one-- that plant they planted and then wished that they hadn't. What plant is trying to take over your garden?
by lilmissbookworm 9 years ago
Does anyone grow their own veg?If so what do you grow and have you got any tips?
by Ultimate Hubber 10 years ago
What new plants are you growing this summer?
by Evylyn Rose 9 years ago
What seeds are best to start with when planting early?If you live in a place with a short growing season and plan to start your seeds indoors ahead of time, but are limited in space, what plants (with a focus on vegetables and herbs) are the best to start with so that you have the most options...
Copyright © 2021 Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers on this website. HubPages® is a registered trademark of Maven Coalition, Inc. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers to this website may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|