Popular, heavy yielding pumpkin with good handles and deep ribs. Vigorous vines produce deep orange fruits, with a uniform, deep rounded shape. Each pumpkin weighs an average of 20-25 pounds. Excellent for carving and fall displays. Use the flesh for delicious pie, cookie, and bread recipes.
Water Day/Week -- Water deeply at the roots (early in the day) when the soil is dry -- 1 to 2" is plenty for the week, divided into two waterings if conditions are really hot and dry. Keep water off of the foliage to reduce the changes of disease. You can reduce watering as harvest time draws near.
Harvest -- When the vines die off or a frost is predicted. If your crop is ready before the vines wither or frost gets them, you can wait until the pumpkins are a deep orange color as they will not change color once you cut them from the vine. To encourage ripening, cut away some of the larger leaves near the pumpkin. Using a knife or clippers, cut the stem, leaving at least 4" for the handle (for carving). Allow the pumpkin to just hang out in the garden to cure for 1 week, then you can remove it from the garden for carving or cooking.
Spacing -- 36 to 60" apart
Exposure -- Full Sun
Mature Size -- 115 days
Feature -- Festive fall displays
Heirloom Variety -- No
Kid-Friendly -- Yes
Container Friendly -- No
Soil pH -- 5.5 to 7.5
Time to plant -- After danger of frost has passed
Fertilizer -- Apply 5-10-5 at the recommended rate every 2 weeks. Do not over fertilize as it can burn your plants. If plants yellow or growth slows, use a fertilizer with more nitrogen for the next bi-weekly feeding only.
Pests to avoid -- Cucumber beetles, squash bugs, borers
Companions -- Corn, petunias, radishes, marigolds, melons, squash and marjoram
Avoid planting by -- Cucumbers, squash, potato, rosemary, tomato and raspberry