pumpkin 'Jack O'Lantern'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained but moisture retentive
The perfect pumpkin for a Hallowe’en crop, producing bright orange fruits every bit large enough for carving but also sweetly-flavoured and excellent in pies, stews and soups. The plants are vigorous and hefty, but more compact than many pumpkins, scrambling over the ground without taking over the plot, making this an excellent choice where space is more limited.
- Growing Instructions:Sow two seeds to a 10cm pot in late spring in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill. Pot on seedlings as they grow, then harden off carefully and plant out in a sunny, sheltered spot once all threat of frost has passed. Leave 90cm between each plant and protect from slugs. To keep pumpkin plants in bounds, lift up wayward shoots before they make it out of the veg bed and guide them around the plant in circles.
- Sow: April-June
- Harvest: September-October
- Approximate quantity: 15 seeds.
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Q:When do I sow Pumpkin seeds?
I have just taken the pulp out of a Pumpkin and have saved the seeds to dry. Is there a particular time to sow these seeds either in the greenhouse or outside?Asked on 11/1/2005 by Brian Bolden
A:The best time to sow the Pumpkin seeds is in April indoors or the end of May or beginning of June if sowing directly into the ground outside.Answered on 11/2/2005 by Crocus
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