Planting a pumpkin sounds easier for many than it actually is. Because you can go wrong with planting.What kind of plant do you want to plant?
The pumpkin is very popular
Since Halloween parties and witch festivals have also been held in Germany, the pumpkin has been extremely popular even in the smallest gardens! No matter whether it is used after the harvest for delicious dishes or for colorful autumn decorations. The varieties that are now available in specialist shops mean that even at regionally cooler temperatures - pumpkins generally require a lot of heat - high-yield pumpkin cultivation.
Inquire about the many pumpkin varieties
However, it is advisable for every gardener to get an idea of the numerous pumpkin varieties and their innumerable uses before growing pumpkins in their own garden. In addition to reading specialist literature, visits to the numerous pumpkin harvest festivals, which are usually held in the autumn by gardeners or at some farms, are also suitable. If you have now decided on a variety, all you have to do is plant it. Here are two ways you can do it.
Planting a pumpkin - 2 options
"Possibility No. 1 - planting pot sowing:
The pumpkin seeds are planted in small plant pots from mid-April so that they can develop optimally in warm, sun-drenched rooms. To do this, insert the core with the pointed side down into the growing soil that was previously filled into the plant pots - press gently. Only one core should be used per plant pot, since pumpkins need a lot of space from the start.
Tip: The core should only be placed minimally below the surface of the earth. A small core gap may even look out at the top.
If the pumpkin plant has developed well after a few weeks (approx. 4 to 6 leaves strong), it can be planted outdoors. First get used to the pumpkins in the plant pots for a week outdoors to the temperatures, then plant the pumpkin plantlets at the desired location.
"Possibility No. 2 - field sowing:
However, if the gardener wants to sow the pumpkin seeds immediately outdoors, the time should not be chosen until mid-May - after the frosty ice saints. In this case, the pumpkin seeds are pressed 1 to 2 centimeters deep into the ground and covered with a protective fleece for the first few days.
Tip: If you let the pumpkin seeds soak in lukewarm water 24 hours in advance, the sowing in the soil usually develops better.
Basically, for both sowings, the distance between the pumpkin seeds or small plants should always be about 1 meter and more. Because the pumpkin plants develop very extensively - whether in the form of a bush or as a vine.