How To Grow Pumpkins In Containers the Easy Way


Essential to the fall season, the pumpkin really comes into it's own this time of year. Whether being made into a delicious soup, or being carved into a spooky lantern, the pumpkin is an essential for this time of year.




Grown on a large scale by farmers to supply the ever growing demand, these bright orange fruits are actually easily grown on a smaller scale, perfect to be done at home.

The protective environment that the potted plant provides is perfect for shielding the pumpkin from rain and humidity which may lead to mildew-the pumpkin's deadly enemy.






Growing Pumpkins In Containers


It is best to use seed you know have come from an organic farm or nursery, but whichever pumpkin seeds you decide to use, make sure they are fresh and free of disease. The initial growth of the pumpkin will depend on temperature, and not the season it is grown in, meaning you can start at any time. They will require a temperatures of 18 degrees C (65 F) or higher.

In a colder climate they can be planted in April - May as the weather is starting to warm up. Planting in more tropical climates is not an issue and so can be started whenever you wish.




For small pumpkins, chose a 10-gallon pots, and for larger sizes chose pots of 15-25 gallons. As a rule the pot should be between 20 and 24 inches in depth and width. Don't forget to ensure the pot has adequate drainage holes at the bottom.


Here are the key requirements for growing successful pumpkins:


Enough sunshine- 

The orange color of your pumpkins is a direct reflection as to how much sunlight it has taken in. The brighter the color, the healthier the fruit. Be sure to place you pumpkins where they will receive at least 6 hours of sunshine daily.

The Right Soil- 

An ideal soil is one that is quick to heat up and retain that heat. They need soils that are not acidic, and work best with a soil that has a ph level of between 6.0-7.2. As with all home grown fruit and veg, consider choosing organic soil.

Enough Water- 

As with other gourds such as watermelons, pumpkins need to be 'fountained' to reach their optimum size, that is to be given water in abundance. Be careful not to soak the leaves of the plant as this may lead to a mildew problem.

Growth Support- 

In case you haven't noticed, pumpkins can grow to be quite large! And these huge fruits are supported only by regular sized stems and leaves, meaning they need all the support they can get when growing to catch that all-important sunlight. Growing your pumpkins next to a trellis will mean the shoots of the plant can grow upwards using the ladder of the trellis and not be weighed down by the size of the fruits.





Extra Care For Your Pumpkins- 

Fertilizer can be added to the soil of your pumpkins to give it that extra boost. A 10:10:10 balanced fertilizer can be used, and to combat low nitrogen content, a 5-15-15 balanced fertilizer can be used every other week.

Keep an eye on your pumpkins for powdery mildew, as this is the biggest destroyer of pumpkin crops, but luckily it is easy to spot.






Harvesting


Pumpkins are usually ready to harvest after around 3-4 months but there are other ways to tell if they are ready. A rich healthy orange colour, skin that is very hard to the touch, and a hollow sound when tapped with fingernails all tell you that it is time to harvest your pumpkins.


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