Pumpkin - Howden - Cucurbita pepo
Tender Annual This pumpkin has a symmetrical, rich orange, hard rind with thick-fleshed fruits. The plant offers high yields of 15-25 pound pumpkins that are smooth-skinned, tall in shape, and easy to carve. It's a good keeper and an excellent choice for home gardens and market growers.
Soil & Water: Pumpkins prefer loam or sandy soil high in organic matter to hold large amounts of moisture. The plants require heavy, even water for best development. Preferred soil pH is between 6.0-7.0.
Planting & Growing: Start seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost or sow seed directly when soil temperature reaches 70F. To begin growing earlier, use mulching plastics and row covers to warm the soil. Place a board underneath the fruit to help prevent rotting. Howden is black-rot tolerant.
Harvesting & Storage: For immediate use, harvest when the skin loses its sheen. For storage, harvest pumpkins when fully mature. Cut the fruit from the vine, leaving 4"-6" of stem. Cure for storage by setting in a warm, dry location for 1-2 weeks.
Did You Know? This is an improved Connecticut Field-type pumpkin developed by John Howden in the early 1970s. Perfect for Jack-o'-Lanterns.
Soil Temperature: 70-90F
Planting Depth: 1/2"-1"
Germination: 6-18 Days
Height At Maturity: 18"-24"
Days To Maturity: 105-115 Days
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 2'-4'
Approx Seeds per 1/4 lbs: 700
4 x 8 x 1 inches.