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Pumpkin – Hundredweight


Can you grow a record breaker?!    
This variety of pumpkin can produce beautiful round deep orange fruits of up 25kg! To grow these enormous fun fruits, you will need to allow approx. 2m between plants and thin out other fruits as they form. This will allow your larger fruit to obtain all the nutrients and water it needs to grow to this super-size.

Number of plants: 3

Variety: Hundredweight (organic*)

In the kitchen: This pumpkin is great for roasting, using in a soup or to make a delicious pumpkin pie.

Delivery Info: Available to order now for delivery from late April 2022 until July 2022. Please see FAQs for up-to-date delivery info.

When to harvest: Harvest in Late September/October when the stalks have dried out and the skin has changed colour and toughened up.

*Transplants suitable for organic growing.

Full sun & fertile soil

Full sun and plenty of nutrients are important. Pumpkins are hungry plants so make sure you dig in plenty of organic fertiliser when you plant them.

Best in raised beds/traditional plot

Pumpkins need a lot of space, so are best grown in a raised bed or traditional veg patch, or designated pumpkin patch if you have space for one!

How far apart?

Try to leave 2 metres between plants – they will sprawl. If you don’t have space, leave 1 metre and prune your plant once you have some fruits forming to keep it a bit more compact.

Don't plant out too early

Plant them outside only when the risk of frost has fully passed and the weather has warmed up. This is usually in May. Until then, keep them in pots under cover.

Watering & Feeding

Water thoroughly when you first plant them and keep them well watered while they establish their roots. Water daily during dry spells and apply a liquid feed fortnightly once fruits start to form.

To grow bigger pumpkins...

Once you have 3 pumpkins growing well on the plant, you can pinch off others as they appear – this will concentrate the plants energy into developing 3 big pumpkins instead of several smaller ones.

When to harvest

Harvest in October before the first frosts – the stalk of the pumpkin should have started to dry up and turn brown/yellow, and the skin should have hardened enough that you can’t pierce it with your thumbnail. Cut off with a sharp knife leaving the stalk stump on the pumpkin.

Powdery Mildew

This fungal white coating on leaves is nothing to be worried about and is very common in all pumpkins and squashes. During the early part of the season, leaves should come through nice and green, and towards the end of the season you start to see powdery mildew creep in. If you do have it earlier in the season, remove affected foliage and keep plants well watered to strengthen them.

Slugs & Snails

Slugs and snails aren’t too fond of pumpkins, but they will have a nibble on younger plants so it is wise to keep them well protected.

Nutrient deficiency/Lack of water

Any yellow or brown patches forming on the leaves can usually be attributed to a lack of nutrients. Make sure your courgette plants are getting enough water so that they can draw up the nutrients that they need – the soil should be consistently moist – and use a liquid feed fortnightly once fruits start forming.

Storage Tips

Pumpkins will normally last for several weeks once harvested.

Ways to cook

Pumpkin pie and pumpkin soups are just delicious, and very warming in the autumn.

Delivery Info: Available to order now for delivery from late April 2022 until July 2022. Please see FAQs for up-to-date delivery info.

When we deliver
We usually deliver these plants from late April through into July/Aug, although it’s a little dependent on the weather.

Do I need to sign for them?
All our plant orders are dispatched with an overnight courier* to mainland UK and do not need to be signed for when they are delivered, but will be left somewhere safe. When placing your order, please let us know where you would like the plants left if you are not in when the courier delivers.

We will keep you posted
You will receive an email to let you know that your order is ready to be dispatched and another on the day your plants are packed and leave us, so you know to expect and prepare for their arrival.