C00KiE46
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Question about planting pumpkins

I planted my first set of pumpkins in April/May and another set this morning. I'm wondering if I did it wrong. Am I suppose to plant 1 seed in the hole or 2-3? Cause I planted 3 in one. The ones I planted today I only put 1 seed in and spaced them out 3" apart. Did I mess up???

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farmerlon
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Re: Question about planting pumpkins

C00KiE46 wrote:The ones I planted today I only put 1 seed in and spaced them out 3" apart. Did I mess up???
I think you're on the right track there. I usualy plant a few seeds per "hill", spaced a few inches apart (3 inches or so is fine). Then, if more germinate than I want, I thin a few out.
I don't know of any good reason to put several seeds in the same hole; it seems to me like they might "fight" each other. :)

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When I planted my first set of pumpkins I put 3 seeds in one hole :oops: This is my first time gardening.
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Are they too close? What's the worse that can happen :?:

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They will be OK. Just let them grow.

I plant cucumbers in a row rather then hills. I put one seed per foot. The row is spaced 6 feet from the next row.

I plant squash and pumpkins in hills. I plant 5 seed per hill, but they are spaced out about 6 inches apart in a circular pattern. If all 5 come up, I will thin to the best 3 or 4 plants. Thinning is best done by clipping the ones you are taking out so as to not damage the rootlets of the remaining plants.
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I did this as well, last year :oops:. I did it with zucchini and it turned out that they all grew fine and fruited. The worst that can happen is that the plants compete too much for nutrients and don't grow as well as they could have.

I believe if you read the seed packet, it will say something like "Plant several seeds to a hole and thin to the strongest one." It is better to have one to a spot, so if you are worried, you could thin the ones you had already planted, or at least some of them.
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