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My 3yo daughter got a packet of pumpkin seeds as a gift and she planted then in our landscape... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> She put them all real close together.... well just a few weeks later these pumpkin plants are H-A-P-P-Y...they've grown incredibly.... huge, I say! :LOL<br><br><br>
I'm worried, though, that because she planted them so close together that she may not actually get a pumpkin.... can anyone tell me from experience?
 

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The vines will spread out- amazingly so :LOL You can plant them close together in a hill like squash- 3 or four plants to a hill. (At least this has worked for us in past years).<br><br>
If you have too many you might want to thin them out.
 

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Yes, I agree that you can get away with a few seedlings within a few inches of each other. Officially, they're supposed to be three feet apart, but even if you group the plants close together, they will spread themselves out. All over the place!
 

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Yes I got some pumpkin seeds the other day for the kids and they said to plant 3 on a hill together and they'll have room to spread out...can't wait!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> We did--very fun but we don't have much space so we dug a hole and put an old ladder in and let the pumpkin grow up it--it still took up a lot of the lawn.<br><br>
We just rested the pumpkins on the rungs--they did fine!
 

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I have one great big orange pumpkin out in the garden already. It was a volunteer from some seed that the chickens left behind from some scraps they were eating.<br><br>
I agree with everyone else...it WILL spread out.<br><br>
I just wanted to give you a little tip. If you want to you can go out in the garden when your pumpkins are still green and scratch your dds name into the pumpkin. When the pumpkin is done growing, the name will be a scar on the pumpkin. My kids think that its really special....like the pumpkin grew just for them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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That is so cool! Thanks for sharing. We will have to try that.<br><br>
As for "spreading out", just beware, mine last year overtook my whole garden w/their vines, and I only planted on two mounds. And I only got one small pumpkin out of it all. They are fun to watch grow though.
 

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Oh this will make my DD VERY happy... thanks so much for the tip!<br><br><br><br><br>
So this may be a silly question.... but how many pumpkins have grown from your packet of seeds, Mamas?? DD keeps asking for details on what to expect from the plants, and I'm not sure what to tell her.<br><br>
By the way.... I said they were huge before... oh no... NOW they are HUGE!! I had no idea! The vines are growing back into the ground and making new vines... They've taken on a life of their own... I'm afraid they're going to turn into carnivores at this rate. :LOL
 

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In my experienced you will usually get 1-2 pumpkins per plant. They will take over...that's why I usually only plant 2-3 plants.<br><br>
I just brought in a big orange pumpkin from the garden yesterday. I need to cut it up and can it for pumpkin pies this fall!<br><br>
Oh, the people who grow the monster competion size pumpkins swear by chicken manure as fertilizer.<br><br>
HTH!
 
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