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Planting up a Pumpkin

Planting up a Pumpkin

Whether you’re making centerpieces for a fall event, decorating a porch, or doing a quick project with children, planting up a pumpkin is quick and easy to do.

Here's a pumpkin planted with Diamond Frost Euphorbia.

Here’s a pumpkin planted with Diamond Frost Euphorbia.

All you need is a pumpkin that's large enough to accommodate the size of the plant you want to place inside.

All you need is a pumpkin that’s large enough to accommodate the size of the plant you want to place inside.

Cut out the top the same size as the pot. An easy way to do this is to take your plant out of the pot, turn the pot upside down on the top of the pumpkin, and draw or scratch a line in the pumpkin around the outside of the pot. Remove the pot and cut around that line with a knife.  If your plant is only going to be inside the pumpkin for a short time you can leave most of the seeds and pumpkin goop inside. If you want the plant to do well for over a week, scoop out most of the seeds and place some potting soil inside the pumpkin.

Cut out the top the same size as the pot. An easy way to do this is to take your plant out of the pot, turn the pot upside down on the top of the pumpkin, and draw or scratch a line in the pumpkin around the outside of the pot. Remove the pot and cut around that line with a knife. If your plant is only going to be inside the pumpkin for a short time you can leave most of the seeds and pumpkin goop inside. If you want the plant to do well for over a week, scoop out most of the seeds and place some potting soil inside the pumpkin.

This pot of Dichondra 'Silver Falls' was slipped right inside, pot and all.

This pot of Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’ was slipped right inside, pot and all.

Ornamental peppers are a great fall look!

Ornamental peppers are a great fall look!

Four inch pots of chard are a natural for a harvest theme...

Four inch pots of chard are a natural for a harvest theme…

This Celosia is another bright choice for pumpkin planting.

This Celosia is another bright choice for pumpkin planting.

Larger pumpkins can be planted with a bigger plant such as a mum or kale, or with a group of plants transplanted into a pumpkin filled with potting soil.  If the weather is cool these pumpkin planters should last for a few weeks.

 

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