Pumpkin vines grow fast and easy to maintain, making them. A great harvest for the beginning gardener Children can easily engaged by the rapid maturation and dramatic foliage and fruit of this plant known. There are four basic phases of the life of a pumpkin plant: germination, flowering, fruiting and aluminum cavity.
Time to germination
Pumpkins are often used as an educational tool for school children because of their fast growth cycle. If the pumpkin seeds are well prepared, they can germinate in four to six days. Order to allow a quick germination, insert the edges of the seed light, this will allow the water to reach the seed germ and also make it easier for the first two sheets of freeing the seed casing. After germination your pumpkin plant will be about a week old.
Time to flowering
The first set of flowers appear on your pumpkin vines usually appear about a month to six weeks after germination. These are often male flowers, and they want to be without fruit. One and half to two weeks later, the female flowers are blooming along with a new set of male flowers. This is when pollination occurs. Either by hand or by bees, pollen from the male to the female flowers transferred ensure fruit production. After flowers have bloomed, your pumpkin plant is old to be about six to eight weeks.
Time to fruit production
Once the female flowers pollinated fruit “set” have the real fun begins: just grow your pumpkin. Depending on the variety you are growing, the fruit can ripen anywhere between one and two months to order. Miniature varieties, weighing less than 5 lbs., Fully formed in less than 100 days from planting to be as huge types. Weight of 25 lbs or as many as can be 150 days to mature. Once the fruit is ripe, your pumpkin plant is old be about 14 to 18 weeks.
Time to Die-Back Complete
Many farmers and gardeners leave the fruit on the vine for 1-2 weeks, so that the shell can harden. During this time, the leaves are withered, the pumpkin vine and stem cells are dry and harden up, and the roots have begun to break into the ground. Until the first fall frost comes, the vine will be completely dead. Many farmers and gardeners mulch. This plant matter back into the soil after harvesting their pumpkins, again add nutrients for the next year growing season Harvested by the time your pumpkins and healed on the vine, will be your pumpkin plant 15 to 20 weeks old.