Germ 7-10 days
Spookie is a cross between sugar pie and jack o’ lantern pumpkins, creating a variety great for pie or carving on the porch. The 6 to 10 pound pumpkins are about 7 inches across with a smooth, hard red-orange skin and sweet, thick yellow-orange flesh. Exceptionally high yields of this strong stemmed pumpkin are reported. 15 seeds
Indoors- Individual biodegradable peat/cowpots 1/2”-1” deep, 3-4 weeks before last frost with soil temperature 70 degrees. Transplant 36” apart after last frost without disturbing the roots
Outdoors- 1/2”-1” deep after last frost, in warm soil at least 70 degrees. Sow a few seeds per space/hill with 24-36” between, providing the furthest spacing for the larger varieties
Harvest- When skin turns color and rinds are hard, leaving a few inches of the stem on for best storage potential.
Tips- Plant in fertile soil amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. They benefit from growing on black plastic and by using row covers for weed, insect control, and more rapid growth. Fertilize on a regular basis by watering with compost tea. Turn pumpkins carefully to keep a uniform shape.