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PlantFiles: Pumpkin
Cucurbita pepo 'Howden'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo (PEP-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Howden

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7 vendors have this plant for sale.

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Pumpkin (winter)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Days to Maturity:
101 to 110 days

Mature Skin Color:

20 to 35 pounds (9 to 16 kg)


Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

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

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral 3wer4c On Aug 6, 2011, 3wer4c from Leetonia, OH wrote:

This was my first time growing these, and it didnt grow very well.The seeds had very poor germination but it could have been my fault so thats why I rated it neutral.

Positive CurtisJones On Sep 10, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: When you see the ideal pumpkin for sale, it's probably Howden, the best-selling pumpkin in the United States. These large, bright-orange, 12" by 12", round pumpkins weigh 20-25 lbs. and are slightly larger than a basketball. The very solid, thick flesh keeps fruits from being lopsided and is perfect for carving spectaculr Jack O'lanterns or for autumn decoration. Each vine produces 4-6 fruits per plant on 8' plus sprawling vines. Crop time is 110 days.

Neutral Farmerdill On Jan 20, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

The standard by which all Halloween carving pumpkins are measured. A deep orange tall pumpkin with excellent handles and hard ribbed skin. Averages 20 -30 lbs. Introduced by Jack Howden in 1973.


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

Longmont, Colorado
Cleveland, Tennessee
Nevada, Texas

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