Growing Dill's Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Cucurbita maxima
- Other Names: Giant pumpkin, Atlantic Giant
- Days to Maturity: 120 days
- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
- Planting Depth: 1”
- Plant Spacing: 4-5 in a hill
- Row Spacing: Hills should be 8-15’ apart
- Growth Habit: 24" tall; vining
- Soil Preference: Rich, deeply tilled, well-draining soil with a pH between 6.5 and 7.0
- Temp Preference: 60- to 95-degree F soil for germination; Sensitive to frost
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Pests/diseases: Striped cucumber beetles, aphids, squash bugs, squash vine borers, powdery mildew, angular leaf spot, bacterial leaf spot, Fusarium, Phytophthora, Plectosporium
- Color: Medium orange fruit; Yellow flowers; Dark green foliage
- Flavor: Creamy, smooth
Dill's Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Seed Growth Habits:
Giant pumpkin seeds produce approximately 24"-tall bushy plants that continue to grow laterally by vining. Yellow flowers will appear during the pollination period, and once a female flower is pollinated, the pumpkin fruit should begin to grow.
Various Uses for Dill's Atlantic Giant Pumpkin:
Giant pumpkins, such as Dill's Atlantic Giant, are typically grown for pumpkin competitions. While the tradition began in North America, people all over the globe compete for the world record today.
Even though Dill's Atlantic Giant pumpkin seeds are usually grown for the enormous size of the fruit, they offer a smooth, creamy flesh that can be used in recipes that call for fresh pumpkin. And, roasted pumpkin seeds make a delicious snack.
Dill's Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Benefits:
If you plan on eating the pumpkins grown from Dill's Atlantic pumpkin seeds, you can expect the same type of nutritional benefits that come from other types of edible pumpkins. They contain high levels of vitamin A and other vitamins and minerals, plus antioxidants, especially beta-carotene.
Consuming pumpkin seeds, also called pepitas, has its own benefits. They are high in antioxidants, healthy fats, and essential minerals, such as magnesium.
Want more Dill's Atlantic Giant pumpkin growing tips?
If you are looking to grow your giant pumpkins as large as possible, you should only allow one pumpkin to grow per plant, which means you'll have to pinch off all other flowers to concentrate growth into the one fruit you've chosen to be your prize winner.
Growing a giant pumpkin from seed requires a significant amount of water. Plan to add at least 1" of water per week if there isn't a significant amount of rain.
Giant pumpkins are heavy feeders that put on weight rapidly once the fruit is set. Be sure to plan out a feeding schedule to ensure the plant is getting enough nutrients from the soil.
Seeds Per Package:
- 5 g - Approximately 18 Seeds
- 1 oz - Approximately 90 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 360 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 1,440 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 7,200 Seeds
- 25 lb - Approximately 36,000 Seeds