How Do You Plant Pumpkin Seeds?

How Do You Plant Pumpkin Seeds?

Plant pumpkin seeds by choosing a sunny location for the pumpkin patch, planting the seeds at the right time, using fertile soil, preparing the planting site, and thinning the plants. You need pumpkin seeds, a trowel and compost.

  1. Choose a good location

    Choose a location for planting that receives plenty of sunlight. The site must be large so the pumpkins have room to spread their vines.

  2. Plant at the right time

    Plant the seeds after the last frost once the soil reaches at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

  3. Choose the soil

    Choose well-drained and fertile soil to plan the seeds.

  4. Prepare the planting site

    Loosen the top 12 to 15 inches of soil. Mix in aged manure and a 4-inch layer of compost. Arrange the soil in mounds to create a warm, well-drained area for the seeds to grow. Space the mounds at least 4 feet apart.

  5. Plant the seeds

    Dig four or five 1-inch holes in each mound. Place the pumpkin seeds in the holes, and cover them with soil.

  6. Thin the plants

    Once the plants are 3 inches tall, thin them by cutting the stem of the plant at soil level. Do not grow more than three seedlings in each hill.