Connecticut Field Pumpkin (Heirloom 100 Days)
Heirloom pre-1700. The Connecticut Field Pumpkin was grown by Native Americans prior to the arrival of the Europeans. The pumpkins are large and run to 25 pounds. Globe shaped and a bit flattened. The flesh is much coarser than the more modern varieties but the flavor is good. The Connecticut Field Pumpkin makes a dandy Jack O’ Lantern.
Germination: 7-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-90ºF. Planting in soil under 70ºF may result in poor germination.
Seed Sowing Depth: ½ -1” deep
Starting Indoors: 3-4 weeks before the last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cells/pots, thin to the strongest seedling. We like to use individual biodegradable paper, peat, or cow pots because it provides the least amount of stress to the roots when transplanting. Transplant after last frost when the soil warms to 70ºF. Space 36-48” apart, in rows 48-60” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: After the last frost when the soil reaches at least 70ºF. Sow 2-3 seeds per space/hill, 36-48” apart, in rows 48-60” apart.
How much does a packet plant: 12-15 foot single row, 4-5 hills
Harvest: When skin turns color and rinds are hard. Leave a few inches of the stem on for best storage potential.
Tips: Heavy feeders, requiring high nitrogen. Plant the Connecticut Field Pumpkin in fertile soil or amend with compost or manure. Heavy water needs, mulch, and supply adequate water, at least 1” per week for optimum growth.