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Mid-Size Pumpkins

Mid-size pumpkin

Mid-size pumpkin

Mid-size pumpkin

Mid-size pumpkin

Mid-size pumpkins are mostly for display or carving. These are a good size if you want a hefty pumpkin that’s not too big. There are more pumpkin varieties in this size category than in the bigger categories.

Sun exposure:

  • Full sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH:

  • 6.0 to 7.0

Hardiness Zones:

  • 3 to 10

Spacing:

  • 3 to 4 feet apart

Moisture:

  • 1  inch per week depending on rainfall

Notes:

  • transplant or direct sow after frost danger
  • tighter spacing will yield smaller but more numerous fruit
  • protect mature pumpkins from hard frost
  • keep evenly moist

Autumn Gold

Days to maturity: 90
Diameter:               10 to 12 inches
Weight:                    10 pounds
Skin:                          Orange
Vine:                          Medium
Comments:             Award-winning variety

Harvest Moon

Days to maturity: 100
Diameter:               12 to 15 inches
Weight:                    10 to 18 pounds
Skin:                          Orange
Vine:                          Semi-bush
Comments:             Solid pumpkin with a good handle

Jackpot

Days to maturity: 90
Diameter:               12 to 14 inches
Weight:                    10 to 18 pounds
Skin:                          Medium orange
Vine:                          Medium
Comments:             Good for cooking and carving

Magic Lantern

Days to maturity: 115
Diameter:               12 inches
Weight:                    16 to 20 pounds
Skin:                          Dark orange
Vine:                          Medium
Comments:             Somewhat resistant to powdery mildew

Spirit

Days to maturity: 98
Diameter:               12 inches
Weight:                    10 to 12 pounds
Skin:                          Orange
Vine:                          Semi-bush
Comments:             Award-winning pumpkin; good for pies and carving

Trick or Treat

Days to maturity: 105
Diameter:               11 inches
Weight:                    10 to 12 pounds
Skin:                          Orange
Vine:                          Semi-bush
Comments:             Good for pies and carving

 

Have you ever grown any of these varieties of mid-size pumpkins? Please tell us about your experiences with this type of pumpkin.

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