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Pumpkin – Jack O’Lantern


Grow your own pumpkins for Halloween     
Producing pumpkins weighing up to 10kg and bright orange in colour, this variety is ideal for your menacing masterpieces at Halloween. Pumpkins are easy to grow, but you will need some space for them to sprawl out, or a sturdy trellis/fence for them to climb. You will receive a complete growing guide with your plants. You can expect to harvest the pumpkins in mid/late October.

Number of plants: 3 plug plants

Variety: Jack O’Lantern (organic*)

In the kitchen: This pumpkin is great for roasting, using in a soup or to make a delicious pumpkin pie. But of course, you may prefer just to carve it!


Delivery Info: Please see FAQs for up-to-date delivery info.

Planting: Plant plugs 80-100cm apart. Keep well watered, they are thirsty plants! When to harvest: Harvest pumpkins and squash 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: Plants will be shipped in spring 2024. Please see FAQs for delivery info.

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 plug 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.