Pumpkin, Winter Squash 'Jack O' Lantern'

Cucurbita pepo

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo (PEP-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Jack O' Lantern
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Pumpkin (winter)


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Days to Maturity:

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Mature Skin Color:



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Disease Resistance:

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Seed Type:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Portland, Oregon

Cleveland, Tennessee

Nevada, Texas

Tomball, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 28, 2010, jdjester52 from Tomball, TX wrote:

I have to say I have had more fun watching these grow, my only regret is that I started them way to late in the season to carve them up for Halloween. The have been very little work with a lot of reward. I will be growing them again next year I will just plant them a little earlier.


On Jul 29, 2004, kadawn74 from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This has been a trouble free plant, lots of fun to watch the Jack-O-Lanterns grow, and we are anxiously awaiting fall to pick and carve them. The young Jack-O-Lanterns look very similar to the Pumpkin photos, though if they aren't pollinated the small ones (about the size of a nickle around) will yellow and fall off. They do require a lot of space to grow, as the vines spread quite a bit. Good plant for kids!