(Cucurbita pepo) 100 days. Connecticut Field Open Pollinated Pumpkin have a flavorful flesh good for canning and processing. The bottom of Connecticut Field is flat so they sit flat and won’t roll over which makes them great for fall decorations.
Planting Instructions for Connecticut Field Pumpkin Seeds
Connecticut Field Pumpkins are a warm season crop, sensitive to frost and light freezes. Start heirloom pumpkins indoors 3-4 weeks. before the last frost date in cooler climates or direct seed outdoors after danger of frost. Plant or transplant pumpkins to full sun. To direct seed, plant 4-5 pumpkins seeds 1″ deep, 6-8″ apart in a circle at the center of 3′ diameter hills, with a trench around each hill to aid water in reaching the root system. Thin to best 2-3 plants in each hill at the set of true leaves. Or plant Connecticut Field pumpkin seeds in rows 1″ deep, 2-3′ apart. Space rows and hills 6-10′ apart. Germination should occur in 5-10 days in soil 65-85°F. Keep soil just damp during germination, or seeds may rot. Harvest heirloom pumpkins when the rind has hardened and finger nail requires pressure to pierce rind. Leave 3-4″ stem on when cutting from the plant for longer storage.
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