Have you ever wanted to grow your own pumpkin but had to fall short due to limited availability of outdoor space or simply because the process seemed too difficult? Well, it’s not as scary as you might think! Turns out, having outdoor space is far from mandatory for growing pumpkins, and possibly the hardest part is the length of time it takes for the fruit to reach full maturity, which is about 100 days without frost. However, there are many steps you can take to ensure that your pumpkin receives the best possible care. Here’s how to grow your own pumpkin inside your apartment so you have one in time for Halloween.
- Determine what type of squash (s) you want to grow. You can grow pretty much any type or size of pumpkin at home, but depending on how much indoor space you have available, you should probably go for smaller pumpkins like a Mini connector.
- Choose the right pot. The bigger the pumpkin, the bigger the pot. You will need to leave an adequate amount of space for the squash and its vines to grow. Smaller pumpkins typically need a 10-gallon pot, and larger pumpkins require a 20-gallon pot. If your planter doesn’t come with drainage holes at the bottom, you’ll need to carve your own to avoid excess moisture. collecting.
- Find the perfect place for your planter. On average, pumpkins need about six hours of sunlight a day. Make sure your pumpkin house gets plenty of sunlight and air circulation. Like other plants and fruits, if it is stored in humid areas, its growth will be stunted and bacteria could form.
- Plant the seeds. Pumpkins need rich soil, which can be achieved by adding a few layers of compost to the loose soil. The seeds should be planted one to two inches deep and with proper care; dark leaves should begin to emerge in no more than two weeks. Water your pot weekly.
- Build a trellis. Creepers are vital to the health of a pumpkin. For growth and support, build a trellis away from walls or furniture so vines and leaves can continue to grow undisturbed. You can cut off unnecessary vines or leaves, but be careful not to break the roots.
- Keep nurturing your pumpkin. Growing pumpkins is a continuous process. Besides trellis and watering, you will need to nurture your squash in other ways. This could include adding mulch or using row covers to protect against pests and moisture.
- Choose your pumpkin. Once the squash is in full harvest, cut it back a few inches from the stem. You can tell if your squash is ripe by dead stems or by applying pressure with your fingernail to the squash. If it leaves a mark or mark, then it is mature.
- Store your squash at the proper temperature. Your squash should be stored in a warm place for two weeks after harvest. Next, store your squash in a cool, dry area like your patio. This would be the ideal time to decorate or carve your pumpkin!
–Additional reporting by Lauren Harano