For those of you not quite looking ahead to fall, here’s a friendly reminder to plant your pumpkins now! Fort Collins Nursery has a great selection of pumpkins, gourds, and squash in stock and ready to add to your garden.
Howden pumpkin is the quintessential Jack O’ Lantern pumpkin. These deep-orange, ribbed, plump pumpkins set the industry standard for appearance, vitality, and yields. The heavy-bearing plants yield a big crop of 20 to 30 pound pumpkins, with strong handles and thick walls. Howden pumpkins prefer moist, well drained soil and full sunlight.
Dill’s Giant is the grand-daddy of all giant pumpkins. The record for this variety is an amazing 1662 lbs and it is common for the variety to produce 400- 500 pound fruit consistently if given plenty of moisture, fertilizer and space. The fruit colors vary from yellow to orange and the skin is slightly rough. These pumpkins require 130 days of 60 degree weather to reach maturity. Plant yours now and enter your pumpkin in our annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off in October. Our event is registered with the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth as a sanctioned weigh-off spot.
Originally published on June 3rd, 2015. Updated on September 5th, 2019.