The pumpkin seed starting date has arrived in your area. At least you think it is time. New and inexperienced growers ask this question all of the time. Let’s take the mystic out of when to start your pumpkin seedlings.
The earliest pumpkin starts, are for Giant Pumpkins, that require 130 days or more of growing time. Start giant pumpkin seeds indoors. Giant pumpkin growers time their starts for maximum growth, to produce a world record fruit in time for the fall weighoffs, which run from early to mid October. There’s plenty of flexibility on the start date for other varieties. They should be timed to mature from September to early October, and can be started indoors or out.
New growers take note: Pumpkin plants are tender annuals. Frost will kill them, and cold weather will stunt their growth. Keep this in mind when starting your plants. use an indoor start, if necessary.
Listed below our recommendation for “ideal” starting dates for your pumpkin plants:
Important Note: All dates assume the last frost date for your area has past.