Pumpkins for Dry, Short Seasons

“Last year we planted ‘Neon Orange’ and ‘Long Face’ pumpkins because we Have a short season here and it is very dry. We had good luck with the Neon and no luck with the Long Face. Do you also know of a pumpkin that would be Jack-o-lantern size but would grow in a dry climate and a short season. We use a drip system and watered about 600 gallons per day for a 1/2 Acre.


Bret Wade
Wade Acres
Simla, CO.



Hi Bret,

Thank you for the email regarding pumpkins.  Hmmm, that’s a tough one.   The only one that would be large enough in size and have a chance of doing well in that type of an environment would be Autumn Gold.  It is a good size pumpkin, short day  compared to other varieties (90), and no matter how  dry the summer is, has a good crop.

I hope this information helps you out.  If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.


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