Winter Luxury Pumpkin is an open-pollinated variety that is widely considered the best tasting pie pumpkin in existence. Plants have long vines that provide excellent ground cover. Fruits average 6-9 lbs and have a netting on the exterior that give the pumpkins a velvety outer texture, hence the name “winter luxury.” While these are used for ornamental purposes in some instances, they are top of the list for pie pumpkin quality. The flesh has a silky texture that’s great to eat alone or use it to make your favorite fall/winter baked treat. Plants average 3-4 fruits per plant.
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.
Winter Luxury 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: 100
Disease Resistance: None