pumpkins seeds

Asked March 18, 2018, 1:07 PM EDT

I threw several pumpkins on our garden last fall to deteriorate over winter, breaking down and the following spring i would work the lasting results into the soil. Do I have to worry about tons of pumpkins sprouting in spring?

Stearns County Minnesota

1 Response

Thank you for the question. Pumpkin seed germinates when the weather warms and all threat of frost has passed. If you leave the pumpkins on the garden surface, there is a chance the seeds will sprout but you can prevent this by simply turning the pumpkins into the soil like you planned. Bury them deep enough to shut out the light and most seeds should just rot. If a few do sprout, just pull them up. Squirrels may take care of many seeds as well. Thank you for contacting Extension.