Before you head out to your local gardening shop to buy all the supplies, stop for a minute, and think about which pumpkins you want to grow. This fall vegetable comes in different sizes and shapes so pick one after assessing the amount of space you have in your apartment. Jack Be Little and Mini-Jack are two varieties that can easily be grown in even the smallest of spaces.
Pumpkins are not small vegetables and growing them can require some room, if not plenty. Their vines can be thick and long so make sure that the pot you choose has enough space for them to grow to a healthy size.
For bigger pumpkins, you’ll need a pot that can hold at least 20 gallons, but for the smaller variety, a pot that’s half that size will be enough. Buy a pot fitted with draining holes to prevent any water from pooling at the bottom.
Amongst the supplies you’ll need from the gardening shop are seeds for the right type of pumpkin you want to grow and some compost to add to your soil to boost its fertility.
Your soil should now be prepped for sowing. Plant the seeds at least 2 inches deep and water your pot weekly. You should see the leaves starting to appear within two weeks.
Since the vines of your pumpkin plant will run pretty long, you’re better off investing in a trellis that’ll prevent them from sprawling across your living room. Let the vines climb up the trellis so so that they can grow unbothered.
After weeks of giving your plant water, love and attention, you’ll be rewarded with a ripe pumpkin that’s ready to be picked and stored for your Halloween carving.