Whether you want to carve a Halloween jack-o’-lantern or just use this pumpkin untouched you will have a goulish monster to put out on your porch or doorstep. Covered with warty looking pumps, Knucklehead was bred as part of a series of Super Freak pumpkins that are meant to look creepy. Knucklehead is the largest of the series at 12inch high and weighing 12 to 16 pounds. His skin is a nice orange color like other pumpkins but his warts make him special. Grow him from seed or buy him at your local farmer’s market or garden center.

Days to Harvest: 105

Planting Date: After frost when soil has warmed to 70-75 F or begin indoors in peat pots 2-3 weeks earlier.

Spacing: 5’ x 8’

Germination: 7-10 days

Size: Pumpkins: 12” tall x 10 wide; 12-16 pounds

Light: Full sun

Water: Plant in hills with a moat around the hill to facilitate watering. Keep well-watered and do not allow soil to dry out completely but be careful not to water-log the soil. Water in the morning and avoid wetting the leaves to reduce the chance of mildew.

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained

Fertilizer: Pumpkins are heavy feeders. Apply well rotted manure at planting time and side dress with a balanced fertilizer every 3-4 weeks beginning when plants form vines.

Care: Harvest when skin is orange.

Pests and Diseases: Powdery mildew (keep plants free of weeds and trim to increase air circulation if necessary); water in the morning keeping the leaves dry.

Suitability for containers: Not suitable.

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By Karen