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Even though pumpkin season is several months away, it is important to know the prime pumpkin-planting time is now.
Russ Wallace, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service vegetable specialist, Lubbock, provides tips and basic requirements for growing your own personal pumpkin patch.
Pumpkin planting season in Texas is summer.
Sunlight hours and temperature play an important role in how well pumpkins grow in Texas. Different varieties need various amounts of days to become completely ripe.
“The best time of year to plant pumpkins is from early May through June, but it also depends on the variety to be grown,” Wallace said. “Some varieties mature in 85 days while others may not mature for 120 days. So those with 120 days to harvest should be planted early.”