Porcelain Doll Pumpkin is a hybrid variety that produces the worlds only pink pumpkin. This variety is highly-regarded for its ornamental value at farmers markets and pumpkin stands, but also has a very high eating quality. The inside reveals a dense wall of edible, sweet flesh.
Porcelain Doll Pumpkin produces fruits that average 16-24 lbs with 2-3 fruits per plant. These pumpkins have deep ribs and a blocky shape. The plants are vigorous and powdery mildew resistant, so they’ll perform well for late summer/fall plantings. The pumpkins should be allowed to turn completely pink before harvesting.
Pumpkins may be direct-seeded or transplanted, although we highly recommend direct seeding. To ensure a good stand, we recommend planting seeds every 12″ along the intended row. Once plants emerge, thin plants to one every 2 feet. Pumpkins can be susceptible to plant diseases like downy mildew and powdery mildew if leaves receive excess moisture. As a result, we recommend using drip irrigation on winter squash to reduce plant moisture and feed plants more effectively. During periods of heavy rainfall, using a fungicide like Liquid Copper can help to alleviate disease pressure as well.
Pumpkins are a crop that will produce a one-time harvest at the end of the growing season. They should be harvested when plants die back and the fruits obtain their full color. Stem hardness is also an indication of fruit maturity. Once stems harden, fruits are ready for harvest using a set of pruning shears. Pumpkins can be stored in a cool, dry place for several months, depending on variety and sugar content. Once fruits are harvested, remove the plants from the garden to prevent any fungal spores from overwintering and becoming a problem in future years. Proper crop rotation is extremely important with all pumpkin varieties to reduce disease and pest pressure.
Porcelain Doll Pumpkin Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/2″
Seed Spacing: 18-24″
Row Spacing: 5-6′
Days to Maturity: 110
Disease Resistance: Powdery Mildew