Pumpkins require warm, fertile soil, adequate water, ample space & preferably at least 6 hrs of sunlight per day.
*Vines grow aggressively, allow for 3″ diameter mound – plant on the edge of your garden and direct them to grow to the outer edge as they expand.
*If container growing, choose an extra large pot with good drainage.
*Ample water is required, especially when flowers and fruit are forming – drip or soaker irrigation at the base of the plant is best to avoid getting the foliage wet.Watering in the morning allows the foliage to dry early and quickly. Wet foliage is more susceptible to fungus such as powdery mildew, which is quite common and slowly kills the leaves on the vine
*Fertilizing with a good all purpose water soluble fertilizer once a week is recommended.
*If you prefer a few larger pumpkins instead, once you have 2 or 3 on a vine, pinch off all remaining flowers as they form.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of the series