PUMPKIN Connecticut Field
A popular pumpkin variety for carving and baking. Fruit is medium orange in color, 8 to 10 inches in height and 12 inches in diameter. Weight averages 12 pounds or more depending upon growing conditions. The rind is smooth with shallow ribs and flesh is light yellow in color. Approximately 110 days to maturity.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Plant outdoors in late spring after weather has warmed and all danger of frost has passed. Plant seeds in hills, sowing seeds 4 inches apart, 6 to 8 seeds per hill. Cover seed with ½ inch of fine soil firmed down. For earlier crop start seeds indoors 2-3 weeks before setting outside.
SPACING: Leave about 4 feet between hills; space rows 4 to 6 feet apart depending upon available space.
THINNING AND TRANSPLANTING: When new plants are about 4 inches tall carefully thin or transplant to 3 healthiest plants per hill.
GERMINATION: Approximately one to two weeks depending upon weather and soil warmth. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Pumpkins grow best in full sun in fairly rich well drained soil. Soak soil at first sign of wilting, but avoid spraying foliage, fruit or blossoms. Pumpkins start out green and gradually turn orange as they mature. To conserve space, grow pumpkins between shrubs in the landscape beds or let vines run between rows of corn.