Whether you use them for décor or eating, pumpkins picked right out of your garden are a real treat! The color ranges can be amazing--from white to many oranges, reds, greens, and blues. Also the different shapes and sizes can make any fall or winter display pleasing. Here are some varieties you'll see in stock at Orchard Nursery at some time during the planting season.
Lumina: Ghostly white pumpkin great for carving and painting. Fruits 8 - 10" across, weighs 10 -12 pounds with delicious orange flesh. Stores well. 80 - 90 days.
Rouge Vif d'Etampes: The plant produces good yields of 20 lb. size bright orange-red pumpkins. Pumpkins are flattened globe-shaped with deep ribs. Keeps well. This is a French heirloom variety. 100 days. This one is also known as 'Cinderella.'
Dill's Atlantic Giant: If you are going for that award-winning backbreaker to lift, this is the one! The record holder is over 1500 pounds. Even without a lot of special treatment up to 200 - 300 lbs. easily. The skin is a light buff orange and the flesh is flavorful and orange. 120 days.
Big Max: Huge pumpkins up to 70 inches around often weigh 100 pounds or more, if given enough water, food and space. Bright orange skin covers 4 inch thick yellow-orange flesh. Delicious for pies. 120 Days.
Howden: These deep orange, ribbed, somewhat egg-shaped, plump pumpkins set the industry standard for appearance, vitality, and yields. The heavy yielding plants yield a big crop of 20 -30 lb. pumpkins, each measuring 13 -16 inches long.
Funny Face: These are uniformly sized pumpkins, with bright orange-yellow smooth rind, moderate ribbing, yellow flesh and firm handles. They grow 11 inches by 14 inches and weigh in at 9 to 11 pounds. Can be used for pies and ornamentals.
Jack Be Little: This is a mini pumpkin great to use as fall and winter table decorations. They are just 3 inches across and 2 inches tall. 93 days.
Jack O' Lantern: Medium size pumpkin, excellent for carving and eating. 110 days.
Spookie: These are round, with bright orange rind. They grow 6 - 8 inches and weigh around 5 pounds. They have very good flavor for pies. 100 days.
Sorcerer: A high yielding medium sized beauty. Sorcerer is deep orange, very round weighing 15 -25 lbs. and anchored by a large, firmly rooted handle. Ribbing is heavy. Height is 14 inches. 95 Days.
Red Warty Thing: The name gives it all away. The pumpkin makes a creepy decoration, but can be good eating also. Nice round shape and the pumpkin can get to 20 pounds. Very fun to grow with your kids.
Casper: This plant produces yields of 10 -15 pound white pumpkins. The flesh is sweet, making it perfect for making pies.
Jarrahdale: This is one of my favorites! When I was in Australia this past fall, I noticed it was a vegetable with my entrée in many restaurants. My cousins told me it was quite common and showed me this variety in the grocery store cut in half and ready to be cooked. It was delicious! (Randall Barnes, Bedding Dept. Manager)
These pumpkins are dazzling and unique with silvery blue deeply ribbed skin. Great fall decoration, but also very good flavor for cooking. The rich golden flesh has a mild nutty flavor. These can get 6 - 12 pounds.