Pumpkin - Big Max (Cucurbita maxima) Organic Giant Pumpkin - Open Pollinated Non GMO Heirloom Vegetable
Big Max Pumpkins are known for their massive size, making them a popular choice for pumpkin contests and seasonal decorations.
These are big pumpkins. Not big enough to compete in giant-pumpkin contests but certainly sufficient for exhibiting in your county fair or for displaying as an awesome jack-o’-lantern. Typically weighs 50–100 lb and measures up to 70" in circumference.
Following these growing instructions will help you cultivate impressive Big Max Pumpkins in your garden.
- Big Max Pumpkins thrive in full sun, so choose a spot that receives at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily.
- They prefer well-drained, loamy soil that is rich in organic matter.
- Plant Big Max Pumpkin seeds or seedlings after the last frost date in your area, typically in late spring or early summer.
- Create mounds or hills for planting, spacing them 6-8 feet apart to allow for the vines to spread.
- Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during dry spells. Water at the base of the plants to prevent fungal diseases.
- Reduce watering as the pumpkins mature to avoid overly watery fruits.
- Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer or well-rotted compost at the time of planting.
- You can also side-dress with additional fertilizer during the growing season.
- Pumpkins require pollination for fruit set. Bees and other pollinators are essential. You can also hand-pollinate if needed.
- Prune away excess foliage to improve air circulation and reduce the risk of disease.
- Common pumpkin pests include aphids, squash bugs, and cucumber beetles. Implement pest control measures as needed.
- Watch for signs of powdery mildew and take action with appropriate treatments.
- Big Max Pumpkins are typically ready for harvest in 110-120 days after planting.
- Harvest when the skin is firm and the pumpkin is a deep, even orange color.
- Cut the stem, leaving a few inches attached to the pumpkin to prevent rot.
- Store harvested pumpkins in a cool, dry place. They can be kept for several months if stored properly.
- Seed Count: 10