Pumpkin, Dill’s Atlantic Giant (Organic)
Cucurbita maxima. 105 days.
Giant pumpkins are super fun to grow if only because you can’t help but smile at such silly fruit. This strain of Dill’s Atlantic Giant comes from the Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers, the club that hosts the annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off in Gervais, Oregon. In 2014, Sarah came in 27th place out of 35 pumpkins with a 416 lb fruit (and met her goal of avoiding the distinction of “biggest loser”). A new world record was set in 2023, at 2,749 lbs! The Heavy Hitters have lots of tricks up their sleeves, but we grow our giant pumpkins just like we grow everything – organically. For giant pumpkins we space 20′ between plants instead of 2½’. Giant pumpkins are great because The Great Pumpkin Commonwealth is the largest grassroots plant breeding effort in the world, with thousands of members in dozens of countries all focused on one thing – improving genetics for bigger pumpkins. That’s right, thousands of people think plant breeding for giantism is cool. Here at Adaptive Seeds, at least one of us is in agreement.
Sow indoors in 1 gallon pots with good potting soil April through May. Transplant into the garden 2-3 weeks after sprouting to 20’ centers. Young plants are sensitive, we recommend row cover to protect from insects and frost. Giant pumpkins are not for culinary use.
To save seed, scoop out seeds. Rinse off and dry. Isolate from other squash of the same species by at least ½ mile.