Growing Pumpkin



  • Before planting pumpkin seeds, mix the soil with compost or organic manure.
  • 3-4 seeds should be planted on a mound of 3 feet in diameter and 1 foot high. 
  • For high yields, buy certified seeds from an approved agrovet.


  • Water pumpkin seeds gently before they germinate then heavily when the plants are fruiting.
  • Watering is best done in the morning to avoid water logging since there is evaporation throughout the day. 
  • Common pests are aphids and cutworms while common diseases are anthracnose and powdery mildew. Before you use any chemical sprays, read the instructions on the label carefully.


  • Fruits mature after 3-4 months depending on the variety.
  • Pumpkin fruits should only be harvested if the skin has hardened and attained full colour.
  • Mature pumpkins should be harvested by cutting the stem at the vine, using a sharp knife.

Click here to download a detailed guide on growing pumpkin.