Before planting pumpkin seeds, you should let them soak in warm water overnight. For cultivation, you need a container with a diameter of 10 cm to 12 cm. Two pumpkin seeds are planted per container. To do this, the pot is filled with soil one finger’s width below the rim. With the pointed end down, the seeds are pressed about two centimeters deep into the soil. The container is then placed on the windowsill and the first shoots will begin to appear after just a few days. The optimum temperature for the germination of pumpkin plants is 20°C to 25°C. To grow properly, it is important that the young plants are in an environment with constant warmth and enough light. As soon as the first true leaves appear after the vegetative leaves, and these have grown to the edge of the container, the weaker of the two seedlings is cut. Only the strongest plant is allowed to grow so that it can be placed outside in the garden later. But of course, both seedlings can remain in the container to be planted outside later.
Pumpkins can be harvested in early autumn. Fruit maturity is easy to determine. Just hit the hard shell. If the pumpkin sounds hollow, it is ready to harvest. All fruit should be harvested no later than before the first frost.