120 days. Want to grow a monster pumpkin?
Start with Atlantic Giant. In the right
conditions, Atlantic Giant pumpkins
can reach an eye-popping size.
Whether you grow a record breaker
or not, you’ll have a lot of pumpkin
to carve for Halloween or to make
into pies and soups. Buddy, Botanical
Interests’ garden-loving dog, only
laments that they grow too large for
him to play with! Tips for growing
giant pumpkins inside packet.
This packet sows 2 mounds.
Days to Emerge:
When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost, and when soil temperature is above 60°F.
When to start inside: Not recommended
except in very short growing seasons,
2 to 4 weeks before average last frost. Sow
in paper or pulp pots that can be planted
directly in the ground. Transplant when soil
is at least 60°F.
Harvesting: Harvest pumpkins before the first fall frost, and when foliage has begun to dry out. Cut stem with a knife, leaving 3"–4" of stem on the pumpkin. Do not hold the pumpkin by the stem; if stem attachment gets broken, or any part of the pumpkin bruises, the pumpkin may rot. Brush off any dirt or leaves. Cure in a sunny window or porch at 75°–80°F for 1 to 2 weeks before eating or storage. Do not allow harvested fruit to get wet.
Artist: Marjorie Leggitt
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