Frequently Asked Questions

What happens with the pumpkins after they are picked?

I grow pumpkins for competition, which are judged strictly by weight. This is not a beauty contest- I have had some incredibly ugly ones, and some perfect orange pumpkins through the years. When I sell them, the buyers typically either display them at their business intact until Halloween, or they are used as part of a carving display. Both choices are sure to draw a crowd. There are a few things to keep in mind with each, however. Professional carvers are a great way to draw people to an establishment, or help promote a Halloween-themed event. The carvings can take anywhere from a few hours to a couple days to complete. Once they are carved, the pumpkin will last only a few more days until rot sets in and it no longer looks fresh. Keeping a pumpkin whole for display purposes will allow it to last longer, but you must also be sure to take as much care as possible from damage (either from people, animals, or weather) so that it does not rot. Although there are no guarantees on longevity, a giant pumpkin should have no problems lasting until Halloween if conditions are right. I do request that you contact me immediately if you suspect the pumpkin is beginning to rot, so that the seeds can be removed as soon as possible before it becomes too messy.

What about the seeds?

Seeds are very important to me for a variety of reasons. I do request ALL of my seeds back from any pumpkins sold, and may hold a deposit until seeds are returned. If you are looking to purchase one of my pumpkins specifically for the seeds, it is a waste of your money. I have hundreds of seeds from my pumpkins from previous years which I give out for FREE, all you have to do is ask. I may either retrieve the seeds myself, send a friend to do it, or have you overnight the seeds back to me. If you are interested in learning to grow them yourself, please visit Bigpumpkins.com - it is the place for giant pumpkin growers.

How do you move them?

Carefully! If you have access to machinery (forklift or backhoe), I would suggest purchasing a lifter designed specifically for giant pumpkins. If not, you will need to have a tarp under them, and a team of strong men to lift and move it. In general, we figure one guy per 100 pounds of pumpkin, then add another guy just to be safe. I would NOT attempt to put a team of men on a pumpkin over 700 pounds in this day and age when a simple harness and machine will do the work without injuring someone's back.

Do you deliver?

Possibly- you'll need to contact me with details of exactly where you need delivery to. I travel to several weighoffs each fall, so I may be in your area anyway. If not, I will charge extra for delivery. I have had good results using freight companies to ship them, so that may be an option for you.

Preseason orders?

If you're looking for a contract for five or more pumpkins and want to make sure they will be available, contact me before April 1. It will require a deposit, but you will be certain that pumpkins will be available and not sold out. This would be the best situation for someone looking for 5-20 pumpkins in the 250-500 pound range.

What about costs?

Giant pumpkins cost $2 per pound - This is my average price. Prettier pumpkins such as this one or this one may be higher, or at least non-negotiable. Uglier ones will of course be offered at a discount.

 

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