A picture of a Pumpkin 'Conneticut Field'

Pumpkin 'Conneticut Field'

Cucurbita pepo 'Connecticut Field'

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

1.8m

15cm

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Pumpkin 'Conneticut Field' Overview

The Connecticut Field pumpkin is an heirloom variety, the "standard" and "classic" pumpkin, "one of the oldest pumpkins in existence" in the USA. Widely used for autumn decorations, either whole or as jack-o'-lanterns, traditionally associated with American Halloween celebrations. It is also suitable for culinary purposes.

Common problems with Pumpkin 'Conneticut Field'

The plants are susceptible to Pumpkin downy mildew. Bacterial leaf spot of squash produced by Xanthomonas campestris bacteria appears on the leaves of pumpkins and squash. To prevent avoid aerial irrigation; use rotation of crops (avoid planting other Cucurbitaceae species); use new seeds at each planting, as the bacteria is transferred through seeds; apply treatments with copper-based fungicides such as Zeama Bordeleza, Funguran, Champ, Curzate Manox. Pests causing a problem are, Red Spider Mite, Thrips and Aphids.

Pumpkin 'Conneticut Field' Companion Plants

Maize when companion-planted with squash or pumpkin is said to disorient certain insects pests and protect the vining crop. Pumpkins and beans work well together. The nitrogen fixing qualities of the beans are well documented and pumpkin is a heavy nitrogen feeder. Marigold inter-planted with pumpkin helps to deter many pests. Marjoram, Nasturtium, Oregano will also help in pest suppression. The marjoram will provide a ground cover/mulch as well. Nasturtium also repels squash bugs, and striped pumpkin beetles.

How to harvest Pumpkin 'Conneticut Field'

Pumpkins are ready to harvest 3 - 4.5 months (110 - 120 days) after sowing when the skin has hardened and begins to lose its glossy appearance. Cut pumpkins from the vine with pruning shears or a sharp knife, while retaining about 5 cm of stalk.

How to propagate Pumpkin 'Conneticut Field'

Seed

Direct sow in mounds or hills of soil 30 cm wide, 15-20 cm tall. Sow 4-6 seeds in groups 7 cm apart. Each group should be 1-2 m apart. Cover with 2 cm of fine soil and firm lightly. Germination: 6-10 days. Sowing time in spring.

Special features of Pumpkin 'Conneticut Field'

Crop rotation

Pumpkins are heavy feeders and need a lot of nutrients, companion plant with beans or legumes to provide food.

Other uses of Pumpkin 'Conneticut Field'

Edible

The fruit, the seeds, and the flowers are edible and can be eaten raw or cooked. The flesh is sweet, thick and course, good for making pies.