There’s no doubt about it - gardening is such a fun and fulfilling pastime. No other hobby can give you the satisfaction of (literally) enjoying the fruits of your labor.
Every gardener has a list of fruits, flowers, or vegetables they would love to one day harvest. Although quite challenging and tedious to keep up with, pumpkins are a popular choice among serious hobbyists. The first concern one might have is how far apart to plant pumpkin seeds.
There are a couple of things you need to know before planting your first pumpkin patch. Lucky for you, there’s a handy resource on pumpkin planting and garden prepping below. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started.
A Guide On How To Space Pumpkin Seeds For Planting
Know The Different Types Of Pumpkins
The first thing you must do before planting your pumpkin seeds is to familiarize yourself with its various types. As you might have already guessed, not all pumpkins are the same. And that said, they also grow differently and will vary in size.
There are 3 general variations of pumpkins - giant, mid-size, and miniature pumpkins. Giant variations such as the “Atlantic Giant” or “Big Max” require about 72 square feet per plant for maximum growth. Meanwhile, mid-size types like “Jack O Lanterns” and “Howden” need about 4 feet in between each other and 3 feet between rows. And lastly, miniature plants still need a bit of space as well. “Baby Boos” and “Small Sugars” need 2 feet of distance from one another and about 6 to 8 feet in between rows.
Apart from studying your pumpkin types, row spacing is also an essential factor that will either make or break the success of your pumpkin patch. Some gardeners think that equal spacing is the key to a high yield garden, but it is not always the solution. It’s perfectly fine for plants to touch each other, just as long as there’s still plenty of room to grow.
Besides, aiming for equal distances may limit a compact gardener from achieving a successful garden. The trick of the trade is learning how to manipulate your space in order to get the highest yield possible. Unfortunately, there isn’t a single formula that could guarantee the healthy growth of your pumpkins.
As you may already know, gardening is all about doing some testing and then learning from past mistakes. These tips are here as a mere guideline, but at the end of the day, results may still vary and it is up to you to decide what is best for your garden.
In general, most pumpkin seeds will grow healthily as long as you sow them about 1 inch deep and 3 to 4 inches apart. They need to be planted in raised mounds 8 to 12 inches high and 12 to 18 inches across the whole area.
It is also important that you sow only 6 to 8 seeds per hill and you might also need to thin them when the plant has started to grow 4 to 6 true leaves. And of course, some sun and lots of TLC will do you pumpkin patch good as well.