Let’s grow a pumpkin in a flowerpot!
If you find yourself limited to a deck or patio and no yard
in sight then we have the solution for how to grow your own pumpkin. Put them in a flowerpot. It is not that difficult and really a fun
thing to do.
Of course, as with anything you are going to grow in a
garden pot start by picking the container.
Pumpkins need and like room, so think big. The larger the better. If you want to grow mini pumpkins you can get
away with a smaller container but honestly they need room to grow.
If you are a apartment dweller and only have a balcony you
should use a long rectangle window box as big as you can manage. Try to get one that is 36” long if possible
and make sure whatever you use that there are drain holes in the bottom. As with other plants the roots of these
pumpkins do not like soggy soil. Drill
extra if necessary.
When selecting soil pick a potting mix that is good for
containers. Mix equal pots of mix and
compost. The compost improves the water’s
retention which pumpkin vines like. Add
in a slow release fertilizer to the soil and fill the container up to 2” below
Time to add the seeds. We recommend following the seed
packet directions. Make sure to water
frequently since pumpkins are thirsty. There are many varieties you can grow but we
suggest you start with smaller varieties or mini pumpkins. Get your feet wet with the little ones and
then get bigger from there.