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How long does it take a pumpkin seed to germinate?

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Pumpkin seeds should germinate in less than a week with a soil temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit and adequate moisture. These seeds do not germinate in cold soil and do best when the soil is at least 95 F.

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Waiting until two weeks after the danger of frost is recommended, as pumpkins are very sensitive to the cold. Plants can be started indoors in 3-inch pots three to four weeks before transplanting them outside.

Pumpkins require rich soil and a well-drained planting bed. Fertilizer is necessary for growing pumpkins, as the pumpkin plants need nitrogen to grow successfully. A large area is needed for the vines to spread out.

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