Pumpkins are very easy to grow and harvest. They do not require extensive farming techniques. They can be white to red in color. You would find a wide array of orange shaded hues as well. These vegetables belong to the family of gourds. They are very nutritious and are used the world over for cooking different recipes. A few pumpkins would be bland while others can give off a sweet flavor. They can weigh a few ounces to several hundred pounds.
The seeds have to be sown in spring after frost season. They require abundant sunlight (nearly six hours of maximum sunlight) for growth. They require a rich soil. Nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus have to be in abundance for pumpkin growth. They also require a moisture content of 80 to 90 percent so frequent watering of soil is a must. Seeds can be soaked for 24 hours in warm water before planting them directly in the soil. This will soften the outer skin improving the chances of quick germination. The seeds have to be sown according to the variety. Large sized pumpkins will require more space and should therefore be spaced far apart.
It will take about a week to ten days for the seeds to sprout. A fortnight later, the seedlings will firmly establish themselves on the soil. Leaves are broad in size. The vines grow luxuriantly on the ground and can reach a length of 30 feet. They can reach a height of six feet. They have tendrils that coil around any type of surface. It takes about ten weeks, for the flowers to blossom. Male flowers are found on thin stems. The female flowers appear later on and are found closer to the plant. Pollination will result in fruit formation.
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