November 18, 2023
Facts about pumpkins:
Pumpkins are Cucurbita pepo var. pepo. The giant pumpkins are a different species, Cucurbita maxima.
Pumpkins are grown in most counties in California. In 2011 there were 5,900 acres of pumpkins grown in California with a yield of 14.5 tons per acre.
Plant your pumpkins in May or June, if you want them for Halloween. Pumpkins usually need 90 to 120 days to mature. Excessively high temperatures in an area may result in the failure to set fruit.
Pumpkins are pollinated by bees. Each flower is receptive for only one day. Commercial growers bring beehives into their farms.
Sunset Western Garden Book lists the varieties best for jack o’ lanterns, miniature decorative pumpkins, and Thanksgiving pie pumpkins!