How To Grow Pumpkin

Pumpkins are a type of winter squash that is a member of the gourd family of plants.

Please see below for a brief introduction to growing pumpkin. For a full description, see this page on how to grow squash.

See pumpkin varieties or ideas for where to buy seeds and plants.


  • April – June
  • Planting depth: 2.5 cm
  • Planting spacing: 90 cm between plants, 90 cm between rows (minimum distances)


  • September – October
  • Store in a cool dry place

Growing Pumpkin

Pumpkin photo gallery.

My suggestions for growing a big pumpkin for Haloween are as follows:

  • Start early to give a long growing season
  • Protect young pumpkins from any risk of frost
  • Dig a big hole where you want to transplant your seedling to and fill with manure and compost
  • Water regularly (never let your soil dry out)
  • Feed with fertilizer

Varieties of Pumpkin

See pumpkin varieties.