rainbowgardener wrote:You posted this elsewhere and I already responded about your baby vines.
But re the days to maturity... that's not from planting the seed, that's from sprouting or more usually from when a well started seedling is transplanted into the ground. But 120 days is four months. Four months from July is November, so you didn't give yourself a good chance to start with.
But as I said elsewhere, if it had been growing as expected you would have lots more vine and flowers by now. But I didn't quite realize you were talking about direct seeding them in July.
The thing about starting the seeds earlier is that temps are milder earlier. Pumpkins do like sun and heat, but a seedling is still a seedling and tender. If your July was anything like ours, it was fierce weather to bring a seedling into.
Agreed. Like RG said, the seed packet is referring to when the seeds sprout. Even then, I've found that the dates tend to be a little on the early side. Personally, I think they write those dates assuming that the plants will be growing under optimal conditions....something most gardeners don't have the luxury of enjoying.
I always add a little time to the listed maturity date on the packet.