Pumpkin Planting Instructions


Carving a pumpkin at Halloween is a time-honored tradition. Many families make an annual trip to a local pumpkin patch for one to place on their doorsteps Halloween night. If you have the room and the ambition, you can grow your own. Pumpkins can tolerate a variety of climates and be grown throughout most of the United States. If you want to harvest your pumpkins for Halloween, plant them in late May or early June.

Step 1

Find a location for planting your pumpkin seeds. Choose a spot that gets direct sunlight every day. Pumpkins also need a well-draining soil because they won't grow well in wet soil.

Step 2

Dig a hole 2 inches deep using the trowel or small shovel. Do not plant the seeds too deeply, or they may not germinate and grow.

Step 3

Place two seeds in the hole and fill the hole with the remaining soil. If you are planting multiple plants, holes should be spaced 2 feet apart and rows should be 4 feet to 6 feet apart.

Step 4

Pack the soil surrounding the hole firmly so there are no air bubbles. Air in the soil can prevent the seeds from taking root.

Step 5

Water the seeds immediately after planting. It's important that the seeds have a good supply of water after being planted. During the summer, the pumpkins will need to be watered regularly during extended dry spells.

Step 6

Thin out the seedlings once the plants have three or four leaves. Leave only one seedling in each planting hole.

Things You'll Need

  • Trowel or small shovel
  • Water


  • University of Illinois Extension: Growing Pumpkins
  • Colorado State University Cooperative Extension: Now Is The Time to Plant Pumpkins
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Meghan McMahon lives in the Chicago suburbs, where she spent six years as a newspaper journalist before becoming a part-time freelance writer and editor and full-time mother. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University in 2000 and has written for "The Daily Southtown" and "The Naperville Sun" in suburban Chicago.