Pumpkins are incredibly expensive right now in New Zealand so I thought it might be a good idea to write a blog with some tips for growing them. It is the wrong time of the year to sow pumpkin seeds in the southern hemisphere, but this blog post is timely for any readers in the Northern Hemisphere who wish to grow pumpkins this season.
Inspite of having such a terrible summer, we ended up harvesting around 30 pumpkins. I was very surprised. I sowed quite a few varieties, but the ones that were most successful were Blue Prince (a crown-type), Queensland Blue, Jarrahdale, Blue Hubbard and Marina di Chioggia. Unfortunately our butternut pumpkins did not fare as well. We only harvested two of them. I think they tend to need very hot weather in order to crop well.
Pumpkins do need a bit of space as they sprawl over the ground. It is not practicable to grow them in containers. If you don’t have a lot of ground space, you can grow things like capsicums, chillies and eggplants in containers and use your ground space for growing pumpkins and squash.
Reasons why I recommend growing pumpkins
Tips for growing pumpkins