|'Prizewinner' is generally ready for harvest 120 days after sowing. This vine can produce pumpkins of 50 pounds or more. Fruits are round and covered with a glossy smooth red-orange skin. Great for carving. Small pumpkins are grown for cooking and eating, while the larger sizes are for Jack-o'-lanterns and exhibition. Most Cooperative extension services will be able to tell you which varieties are best for your area.
They will tolerate partial sun and require high organic matter and well drained soil. Go easy on the fertilizer as you will end up with all vine. Plant 6 to 8 seeds in each inverted hill. When plants have 4 to six true leaves, thin to one strong plant, cutting the other seedlings down to the ground as not to disturb root systems. Keep pumpkins well watered. They are usually ready for harvest 95 to 120 days after planting. Pumpkins can stay on the vine for a long time, but harvest them before the first hard frost as they will get mushy. Pumpkins require too much space to be grown in containers.