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Pumpkin – Jack O’Lantern
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Grow your own menacing masterpiece for Halloween
Producing pumpkins weighing up to 10kg and bright orange in colour, this variety is ideal for your menacing masterpieces at Halloween. But a pumpkin is not just for Halloween, these pumpkins are deliciously tasty and versatile and also have a long storage ability.
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Number of plants: 3
Variety: Jack O’Lantern (organic*)
Can be grown in: These grow well outside, so if you have the space then go for a raised bed or similar. Find out more about growing pumpkins in our growing guide below.
In the kitchen: This pumpkin is great for roasting, using in a soup or to make a delicious pumpkin pie.
Plant out: late April to early July. These plants will arrive bare-rooted with an approximate height of 10-20cm.
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.
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.
Yellow Leaves = nutrient deficiency
White coating on leaves = Powdery Mildew
Leaves eaten = slugs/snails
No pumpkins forming = poor pollination or too early in the season
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.
When we deliver
We deliver these plants from late April/early May until July, depending upon the season. It is a little tricky for us to give a specific date as we do not use any artificial heat to raise our plants, so we are a little dependant on the weather.
You can order from…
These plants are available to be ordered and dispatched right up until late July, as the plants arrive as healthy young plants and will have already been growing for at least 2-3 months before you receive them, giving you a great head start on your vegetable growing!
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 approximately a week before your order is dispatched and another on the day your plants are packed and leave us so you know to expect and prepare for their arrival.