Big Max Pumpkin
Huge pumpkins can grow well over 100 lbs! Nearly round, bright orange fruit are stunning and are good for pies and canning. Very thick, orange flesh. Good for county fairs and displays.
Sun - full sun
Spread - 20-30 foot vine
Height - greenery/vine frows to 24 inches
Days to Maturity - 110 days
Ideal Planting Time - spring: Apr 1-May 15 and for halloween harvest Jul 1- Aug 1
Seed Depth - 1/4 inch
Seed Spacing - 15-20 inches
Row Spacing - 18-30 inches
Days to Germination - 6-10 days
Harvest Tips - Harvest fruits when the skin has turned completely orange. Cut from the vine, leaving a 2 - 3 inch stem attached to the fruit. Store in a warm, dry spot. This variety produces squash-type pumpkins that grow to 100 pounds, with red-orange skin and thick, bright orange flesh.
Other Planting Tips - Cultivate or mulch to reduce weeds. Water well during dry weather. After seedlings grow 2 inches tall, thin to 2 plants per hill.
Available - 1/2 oz. and 1 oz. pkgs.
You will need to choose an area that gets full sun. The vines get quite long (usually 20 - 30 feet) and need room to grow. This doesn't mean you have to have a big yard or a farm. If you have a long bed on the backside of your house or a garage, this can be the perfect place to grow a pumpkin. Your site also needs to have good drainage. If water stands during the rainy season in the soil strip alongside your garage, this won't be a good place to grow pumpkins.
If your soil has been used in the past to grow flowers, a vegetable garden, or even a lush patch of weeds, then it will be suitable to use for planting pumpkins. If you have compost available, work some into the soil in the area you will be planting to create a nice seed bed environment.
Pumpkins are very frost sensitive. You should wait until the days average at least 70°F and the last chance of frost has passed. Generally plant between late May and late June. If you plant any later than late June, large pumpkin varieties won't be mature in time for Halloween, and possibly be damaged by fall frosts.