Germ 7-10 days
This heirloom variety developed by John Howden of Massachusetts remains one of the best choices for big Jack O’ Lanterns. Pumpkins average around 25lbs and are much more uniform in shape than other Connecticut Field types. Skin is thick and rugged so it will last for a long time but the color is probably the biggest selling point – a deep reddish orange.
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.