Where to Buy Pumpkin Seeds and Tips for Growing Pumpkins

Grow Your Own Pumpkins for the Fall Season with our Expert Tips

By Gina LiVorio Posted on 6/18/2024

Imagine carving a jack-o’-lantern this Halloween from a seed you grew in your backyard! There is no satisfaction like being able to grow your pumpkins, and this guide takes you through the entire process, from selecting the right seeds to harvesting your bounty. Just remember, a garden planner is the secret to harvesting pumpkins.

A garden planner will effectively map out your garden space and ensure that you have given a good enough room for the pumpkins to be able to grow. These are fruit seeds, and pumpkins need lots of room to grow into those beautiful autumn favorites.

Picking the Right Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkins come in so many different shapes and sizes, and first on the list is selecting the perfect variety for your project. Here are some of the most liked:

Carving Pumpkins: These hugely popular pumpkins are perfect for making that Halloween jack-o’-lantern. It features thick flesh on the inside and a smooth surface to permit your detail in carving to be limitless in terms of creativity.

Pie Pumpkins: Easily bake excellent pie creations using the most desired because of their sweet and tasty flesh among the smaller types.

Miniature Pumpkins: These cute tiny pumpkins are more often used as decoration or a table decoration for centerpiece displays. They are available in many different colors and can be used as they are or designed creatively.

Now comes the question of where to buy the pumpkin seeds. Here are some reputable sources:

Online Seed Vendors: Garden Savvy’s extensive seed suppliers section is your go-to resource for finding top-quality seed vendors. We carefully curate a list of reputable online seed vendors known for their exceptional products and customer service. Be sure to check reviews and ratings to choose the best source for your pumpkin planting needs.

Local Garden Centers: Check whether your local garden center or nursery carries pumpkin seeds. They can also provide you with helpful advice about which types do well in your specific locale.

Here are some things to keep in mind when selecting good seeds:

Freshness: Look for seeds harvested during the current growing season; this is when they have their highest rate of germination.

Variety: When choosing a variety, look for those labeled as the type of pumpkin you would like to grow.

Packet Information: Select a packet that gives detailed information—how to plant and when to expect a harvest.

Planting Preparation

Now that you have some great seeds, it’s time to prepare the garden for those future pumpkins!

Pumpkin plants sprawl and need space to grow. Choose a sunny location that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sun each day. Ensure the area has good soil drainage to avoid any chances of root rot.

For soil preparation, a fertile, loose, and organic-rich environment with good drainage is what your pumpkin needs. By amending your garden bed with compost or aged manure, you will have all the nutrients you need to grow a healthy crop of pumpkins.

Using a Garden Planner

Remember the garden planner we referenced? This is where garden Savvy’s Hortisketch comes into action on your pumpkin harvest journey. Use the digital garden planner to draw up a plan of the placement of the pumpkin plants so they are spaced properly, including growing space, row space, and planting depth.

Print your plan or screen shot and use on your mobile device. You can also use the notes feature if you need to remember your favorite pumpkin supplier or which pumpkin seed variety did best.

Planting Your Pumpkin Seeds

And now for the fun part – planting your seeds. Here’s how to do it:

Wait for Warm Soil: Don’t rush. Wait until the temperature of the soil is at least 70°F (21°C).

Prepare Planting Holes: Dig holes that are about 1 inch deep, spaced according to your chosen variety’s needs when growing pumpkins (refer to seed packet instructions for specific spacing requirements).

Sow the Seeds: Drop 2 to 3 seeds in each hole and cover them with soil lightly.

Water Well: Thoroughly water the planting area without washing the seeds away.

Best Time to Plant: Depending upon which climate zone you live in, the best time to plant pumpkin seeds may differ. In general, wait until the danger of frost has passed and nighttime temperatures consistently stay above 50°F (10°C).

Growing Your Pumpkins

With your seeds in the ground, now it is time to take care of your soon-to-be pumpkins!

Watering: Pumpkins require constant moisture, especially in hot weather. Water deeply at the base every few days; allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings.

Fertilizing: When your plants have a few sets of true leaves, it’s time to start feeding them with balanced fertilizer as directed by the product.

Pest and Disease Management: Watch out for these two pests and diseases common to these plants: squash bugs and powdery mildew.

Harvesting and Using Your Pumpkins

The part that everyone is waiting for—harvest! But how do you know if your pumpkin is ripe already?

Maturity Signs: Look for an inedible, hard, orange-colored rind. It will not be green anymore. The stem will also start to brown and dry out.

How to Harvest: Use a pair of pruning shears to cut the pumpkin from the vine carefully. Leave a couple of inches of stem attached because this helps to prevent rot during storage.

What to do With Pumpkins

This is the best part – making use of your homegrown pumpkins.

Carving Jack-o’-Lanterns: Get crafty and cut weird, scary, or fun faces into your pumpkins to enter the Halloween spirit! This is a good, old-fashioned family-friendly activity for the fall season. For some friendly competition, have a contest to see who makes the best one.

Baking Delicious Treats: Make good use of those pie pumpkins, and bake some delicious pumpkin pies, muffins, or bread. There are so many online recipes to inspire you!

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds: Don’t waste them! Clean them up, then roast them for a tasty and healthy treat.

Ornamental pumpkins: Smaller pumpkins can also be used to make beautiful fall designs. You can paint them, or just adore them in their natural beauty as a table centerpiece or front porch decoration.

Growing your pumpkins is an enriching experience that gives a feeling of accomplishment and also delightful and decorative rewards. After choosing the right seeds and providing proper care, you will receive a bountiful pumpkin harvest this season. Remember: by planning and giving a little TLC, you could be carving homegrown jack-o’-lanterns by this Halloween.