Family Fun at Ellms Farm

Growing Pumpkins at Ellms Farm

Over the winter we plan what type of gourds and pumpkins we will plant in the spring.  The type and the number of each type to plant is always based on the previous year’s comments from our guests

on the farm and new types from the seed companies.

Pumpkins

Pumpkin Planter 2013companies.

 

After 7-10 days the seeds germinate and the pumpkin plants start to grow.  We now have a pumpkin patch. On Ellms Family Farm we have three pumpkin patches and one gourd patch.  To keep the plants healthy so they will grow beautiful pumpkins, it is important to fertilize and control the weeds as they compete for moisture and nutrients.

 

Pumpkins

Small Pumpkin Plants

After 4-6 weeks the plants are grown and ready to produce pumpkins.

 

Pumpkin Plants

Pumpkin Plants

When the pumpkin plant is mature it grows yellow flowers.  There are both male and female flowers that get pollinated by bees.  The female flowers then start to produce pumpkins.

Pumpkin Flowers

Pumpkin Flowers

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