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Growing White Pumpkins

Updated on May 14, 2015
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All About Varieties and Uses of White Pumpkins

Orange pumpkins have long been the tradition, however over the last few years, white pumpkins have had a huge boost in popularity. While they were once just a novelty, white pumpkins are growing more and more popular.

Their unexpected white color is ideal for festive harvest decorating, and also crafts. They can make great jack-o-lanterns, and delicious baked goods.

Rather than pay the hefty price for a white pumpkin (they are often much more expensive than their orange counterpart), consider growing your own. Pic up some white pumpkin seeds and give it a try. All white pumpkins are annuals, so plan to save some seeds for next year.

All pumpkins prefer rich loamy soil, and plenty of room to sprawl. They will cross pollinate within their species, so this year's crop may differently slightly from last year's.

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Lumina Pumpkins

Cucurbita maxima

Lumina Pumpkins are the most common of white pumpkins featuring a smooth ghostly white skin, and orange flesh. It is not uncommon to have some bluish tones in the white coloring due to high water content.

Lumina pumpkins grow to 8"-10" in diameter, weighing 10-12 pounds.

Luminas make great decorations, and look very nice when carved or painted. The white and orange make an interesting effect for jack-o-lanterns, and the white color is great for making painting stand out. The flesh of the lumina, is however, not as thick as the Cotton Candy pumpkin, so that is also a good choice for carving.

Luminas are, also, the best white pumpkin for baking, having a more sweet and less bitter taste than traditional orange pumpkins.

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Baby Boo Pumpkins

Tiny White Pumpkins - Cucurbita pepo

Okay, so maybe they're technically gourds, but that's not holding these beautiful little guys back.

The Baby Boo is small - usually at around three inches. It is about the same size as the common orange Jack-be-littles, which you may be more familiar with (even if you didn't know their name), and they are similar in shape.

Baby Boos have both a white flesh and a white skin. Given a nice sunny location and normal to moist soil, these gourds will mature in about 90 days, in late August. They grow on vines which will need room to spread, but because of their size, it may be possible to grow them on trellises.

It takes about two weeks for the Baby Boos to germinate, and should probably be done indoors to avoid any late freezes. Each vine can grow several Baby Boos.

To keep their pristine white color, keep them out of direct sunlight. The sun will cause them to turn a soft yellow.

The Baby Boo is great as simple decoration with a larger pumpkin on a front stoop or on a table, but because of their small size and white color they are ideal for crafts and formal decor. Here are some great ideas for using Baby Boos:

Decorating Ideas With White Pumpkins

There are hundreds of ways to use and display your white pumpkins, both inside the home and out. Here are a few ideas:

White Pumpkin Flower Arrangement - from Martha Stewart

White Pumpkin Centerpiece - from Better Homes & Gardens

Paint a silhouette - from Storybook Woods

Add black and white decals from The Pleasures of Homemaking

Monogramed White Pumpkin - from Imperfectly Beautiful

White Pumpkins Painted with Bugs - from The Party Dress

Cotton Candy Pumpkin Seeds

Cotton Candy Pumpkins have a thicker skin and flesh than the Lumina pumpkin, and therefore are great for carving. The thicker skin is also more resilient to insect damage.

The flavor of a Lumina pumpkin is, however, better for baking than the Cotton Candy pumpkin.

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Valenciano Pumpkin - Cucurbita pepo

The Valenciano Pumpkin is the whitiest of all the pumpkin varieties, and is sometimes called The Snow White Pumpkin. Having a shape similar to the Cinderella pumpkin (short, wide, and deeply ribbed), this pumpkin would make an attractive addition to any display.

It is also quite suitable for pies, however it is a bit stringy, so pureeing it first would not be a bad idea. The flesh of the Valenciano is very light - almost white, which makes baked goods look different than had it been made with a traditional orange pumpkin.

The Valenciano Pumpkin takes a little longer to mature than most other white pumpkins - 110 days as opposed to the normal 90-95.

Egg Gourds

These gourds are white when first harvested and look just like a hen egg. When dried they have lots of craft uses. Consider drying them out and painting them. They could make great Christmas ornaments.

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      We love these pretty babies! I shared your lens on our G+ page today. Come and check it out!

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      OUTFOXprevention1 4 years ago

      Love white pumpkins! Great lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had some white pumpkin come up volenteer this year. Looked on you site to see what I had. Very nice site. Thanks. I like my white pumpkins, too.

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      Projectlazy 5 years ago

      I didn't even realize it was it's own strand I thought i was just an weird chance thing

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      imagia77 5 years ago

      My son and i are totally gonna try growing some next year now!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Our grey skinned pumpkins in NZ are very hard skinned...I can't imagine how you would ever carve them!

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      I love white pumpkins but don't see too many around here. I've tried growing a variety but unfortunately, I don't have a green thumb when it comes to them. Lovely pumpkin lens. =)

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      Smoak 5 years ago

      Learn sum-thin new every day. White pumpkins now. I get pumpkins for the seeds to roast. They are the best browned in butter with fine pink salt. pies with the rest. Great site. Best regards

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      My mother planted white pumpkins along with her usual orange this year. She said they grew as well as the orange. I'm looking forward to doing some crafts with the white ones. I think they are pretty cool looking.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      White pumpkins are so pretty. I wish we had more room to grow them, but I may just buy a couple this year. Boo-lessed! Happy Halloween 2012!

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      Nicely done! I've never seen an all white pumpkin. I'm going hunting for one now!

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      These would work perfectly with the stocking craft where you stretch patterned stockings over a white pumpkin. I love Baby Boos too !.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Have used and grown white pumpkins for years! Beautiful lens.

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      BradKamer 5 years ago

      The unicorn of pumpkins! Nice lens.

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      These are lovely!

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      I too wish I still had the space to grow these beautiful pumpkins. Since I don't I will just have to buy them from the folks that do, although I will be in Arizona for the next 4 months and don't know if they are growing them there in the heat. LOL.

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      I wish I had a garden to have a go at growing some of these - and other vegetables.

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      workday 5 years ago

      It's been a long time since I have seen a white pumpkin.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Some angel dust for your amazing lens on white pumpkins! Must be grown by the local ghosts!

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      Geeve 5 years ago

      Flew by on the Squid Angels' Bus and alighted briefly to leave some Angel Dust. Blessed. :)

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      White pumpkins are always fascinating to me. Always so cool looking.

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      MyFairLadyah2 6 years ago

      I never knew about white pumpkins. Thanks for showcasing them!

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      Coolerman 6 years ago

      White pumpkins!! Cool!!

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Very informative lens!

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      lc_online 6 years ago

      Interesting info about the different varieties of white pumpkins.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Very cool! I had never seen a white pumpkin before. Great ideas here. Thanks!

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      ThatsYourPeople 6 years ago

      I always thought white pumpkins were kind of strangle looking, but they really are quite pretty for displays. Thanks for this lens.

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      Deadicated LM 6 years ago

      Ghost Pumpkins are one of my favorites, I also like Cheese Pumpkins (supposedly the best for baking); I really enjoyed your Lens on White Pumpkins. Kudos!

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      Julianne Gentile 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Thanks for this! I'd love to grow white pumpkins, but never thought about it before. Blessed

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Nicely done lens & great resource. ***Angel blessed*** :)

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      bechand 6 years ago

      i love them !

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      reasonablerobby 6 years ago

      i never realised there were pure white pumpkins, amazing

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      I don't recall ever seeing a white pumpkin! Thanks for letting us know all about them!

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      I've never grown a white pumpkin. They look great! Your lens has been blessed and added to my Growing Vegetables and Herbs lens.

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      Joe McGuire 6 years ago

      Nice lens, I love pumpkins. I tried to grow some for the first time this summer. They were doing great and I had a large patch that I planned to take to market when they matured but the cucumber beetles and other little beetles killed them all. Next year I am going to try again with new tactics and see what happens. I had planted large and small organge, baby boo and the blue jaradahle variety along with other winter squashes. How disappointing.

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      JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

      These are so cool!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I think I have seen more white pumpkins this year than ever before. They are beginning to grow on me. Lensrolled to Fall Harvest Mug, Note Cards, and Tote

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens :) I'm going to lensroll it to my Beautiful Autumn lens:

      http://www.squidoo.com/Beautiful-Autumn

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      nukemdomis lm 7 years ago

      Nice! A white pumpkin is a nice change to the traditional orange. Didn't even know they existed until now. Going to lensroll this lens to my Halloween pumpkin pattern lens. Here is the lens.

      https://holidappy.com/holidays/pumpkin-carving-pat

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      sandralynnsparks 7 years ago

      I love white pumpkins; I want a white one carved with a ghost this year!

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      andreaberrios lm 7 years ago

      I love the Fall and nothing says FALL better than pumpkins... yumm!Very nice lens!

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      WebSpinstress 7 years ago

      I love to decorate and display white pumpkins! Didn't realize there were so many varieties available to grow from seeds. :-)

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      Ann 7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      those recipes look good enough to eat ;-)

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Thanks for the intro to white pumpkins and their different varieties. I learned something new today. :)

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Interesting lens. I've never seen a White Pumpkin.

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      Lisa 7 years ago from Rhode Island

      i didn't realize you could grow white pumpkins I mean I have seen them turn white when they get so large and heavy. they are really attractive i love this lens.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      I love the little white Boo pumpkins!

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      dustytoes 7 years ago

      I'm not very familiar with large white pumpkins, but I love to use all kinds of squash and gourds to decorate in Fall... nice lens!

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!