Pumpkin Howden Organic Seeds

Pumpkin Howden Organic Seeds

Cucurbita pepo

Item #3113

110 days. When you see the perfect carving pumpkin for sale it’s probably Howden. These large, brightorange pumpkins have strong handles, thick walls which keep fruits from being lopsided, and weigh 20-25 lbs. Howden was developed as a packing pumpkin, making it as good for baking as it is for Halloween décor. Each vine produces 4 to 6 pumpkins.

This packet sows 5 mounds.

Days to Emerge:
5-10 days

Seed Depth:
1”

Seed Spacing:
3 seeds
per mound

Mound Spacing:
4’-6’

Thinning:
When seedling has several leaves
thin to 2
per mound


When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost and when soil temperature has risen above 60°F.

When to start inside: Not recommended except in very short growing seasons, 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost. Sow in pulp pots that can be planted directly in the ground. Transplant when soil is at least 60°F.

Harvesting: Harvest pumpkins before the first fall frost, and when foliage has begun to dry out. Cut stem with a knife, leaving 3" - 4" of stem on the pumpkin. Do not hold the pumpkin by the stem; if stem attachment gets broken, or any part of the pumpkin bruises, the pumpkin will rot. Brush off any dirt or leaves. Cure in a sunny window or porch at 75-80°F for 1-2 weeks before eating or storage. Do not allow harvested fruit to get wet.

Artist: Peggy Turchette

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