How much to water pumpkins in AZ.

captaininsanoJune 19, 2013

Hi, I am planning a small pumpkin patch, I checked my county extension (Maricopa) and it says to plant in July, July is an extremely hot month here in Peoria, AZ. 110+. I am wanting to know what kind of watering regimen would get these guys through the summer, how much water and watering frequency, we do not get any sort of dependable rainfall, the monsoons could bring it, or it can be an off year with only a couple storms. Thanks.

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I'm in your zone but in CA...seems odd. We really don't get to 110. You'll have to figure out the watering, but I water about 3x a week at this time. It hasn't gotten too hot yet, just in the low 80's. Sometimes one of the pumpkin plants wilts a little, but I check the soil and if it's damp down a couple of inches I don't worry. If you mulch around the base of the plants, not touching the stem, it will help a great deal to retain moisture.

Bearing in mind that I've only grown pumpkins once before and my advice is worth all of 2 cents-- why don't you plant now? I planted mine quite some time ago and have green as well as orange pumpkins at this point. Last year I picked the pumpkins when the vines started to look bad, and it was well before Halloween. I sat them on a clean dry surface in the shade, and they lasted over a month until Halloween. Just keep them dry underneath, no insects hiding, and avoid breaking the skin with any cuts. Don't pile them on one another.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 12:07PM
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Thanks, I am planning on starting tomorrow, our forecast for this week is above 110 everyday with a lows of 90, so I am just throwing them to the fire, oh well I'll see how it goes.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 10:40PM
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Can you erect some sort of shade device for the seedlings until they get established?

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 12:00PM
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Well I have been thinking on that and have decided to plant corn interspersed in a three sisters fashion not sure about going with the beans though but in the mean time I was thinking of putting plastic milk wires over them while they germinate and for a short time after to help them get established this will let sun in but have a fair amount of shade as well, also protect them from the little rabbits, they never seem to bother my plants much but do like to burrow down a little to give themselves a cool place to hangout.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 1:19PM
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