Other Organic Pumpkin Growing Tips

Some larger varieties of pumpkins may need to have their vines trained to keep the stems from cracking. Ohio State University Extension recommends that you move the vines about 80 to 90 degrees away from the pumpkins and they get larger. You can train the vine back to the direction it was growing about 3 feet in from the pumpkin. Be extra careful when moving your pumpkins so that you don’t bend and crack the stem.

As your pumpkins develop, the foliage will naturally protect them from the sun. However, an extra layer of shading maybe useful to help the pumpkin achieve its maximum size. Try using a shade structure made of burlap to shade your pumpkins.

If you have a specific question about your pumpkins, you should contact your local extension agent. This site, the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) can help.

Many local Universities also have websites devoted to horticulture tips.

Utah State University also has a great PDF file with tips on how to grow pumpkins.

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Les Bowers June 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm

I have one pumpkin plant growing in my garden. It is taking over my back yard, vines 25 ft by 25 ft wide. Should they be pruned to get the blossoms to set fruit. At present each time a fruit starts, it dies and falls off the vine.

David Herlth Sr October 24, 2010 at 11:22 am

Do you need certin type of pumpkin seed to grow large or minuture pumpkins or is it just how you go about growing them?

Tessa Thompson August 1, 2011 at 1:09 am

I made a fence around our lovely garden, and have four pumpkin plants growing in it. However, the vines are curling around weeds, themselves, the fence and many other various things. Should I untangle them or just leave them be?

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