Connecticut Field pumpkin is a variety of pumpkin that is known for its large size and thick, ribbed skin. It is an heirloom variety that has been around for many years and is believed to have originated in the state of Connecticut in the United States. Connecticut Field pumpkins are typically used for decoration and as a carving pumpkin. They are not typically used for cooking or baking, due to their stringy flesh and bland taste.
Connecticut Field pumpkins are large, typically reaching around 20-30 pounds, and have a deep orange, ribbed skin. They have a thick, stringy flesh that is not particularly sweet or flavorful, and is not well suited for baking or cooking. They are most commonly used for decoration, as the large size and thick skin make them ideal for carving into jack-o-lanterns.
To grow Connecticut Field pumpkins, you will need to start by preparing your soil. Pumpkins prefer well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. The seeds should be planted in a sunny location, in hills about 2-3 inches deep, about 6-8 inches apart. Water the seeds regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Once the plants are established, they require regular fertilization.
Connecticut Field pumpkins are a warm-season crop and they typically take about 90-120 days to mature. They are ready for harvest when the skin is hard, the stem is dry and the color is uniform. They can be stored for several months in a cool, dry place.