National Pumpkin Day: How Texas weather can impact a pumpkin harvest 🎃

A good pumpkin harvest requires proper soil drainage, plenty of water

Meteorologist Mia Montgomery's KSAT - themed pumpkin. (KSAT)

Pumpkin lovers rejoice!

Wednesday, Oct. 26 marks National Pumpkin Day, meaning it’s the perfect time to celebrate with pumpkin spice lattes and trips to the pumpkin patch.

As with pretty much any crop, changes in the weather can drastically impact a pumpkin harvest in the Lone Star State, and certain times of the year are better for planting pumpkins than others.

Planting pumpkins

According to Agrilife Today, the best time to plant pumpkins in Texas is actually in the summer, specifically early May through June.

Researchers say that hours of sunlight and temperatures play a vital role in how pumpkins develop.

Too much sunlight and extremely hot temperatures can damage crops, but pumpkins can typically grow well in early Texas summers.

Soil characteristics

The right soil is also important when it comes to growing pumpkins.

Scientists say soil that has good drainage is typically the best, especially considering that pumpkins require a lot of water!

Just how much water are we talking?

These Halloween staples can require 1 to 2 inches of water a week, especially when they are developing and maturing.

If not properly irrigated and taken care of in a Texas drought, pumpkins may not fully develop by the time they should be ready to harvest.

Speaking of harvests, researchers say that some varieties of pumpkins take about 85 days to mature, while others can take up to 120 days!

I guess that makes sense considering they are ready just in time for spooky season! 👻

Pumpkin patch map & carving stencils

Still need to go grab your pumpkins before Halloween? Click here for a list of pumpkin patches around San Antonio.

If you’re planning on getting the kiddos together to carve pumpkins this week, below are links to stencils that you can use to elevate your Jack-o’-lanterns this year:

We’d love to see your carved pumpkins! You can upload photos to KSAT Connect by clicking here.


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About the Author:

Meteorologist Mia Montgomery joined the KSAT Weather Authority Team in September 2022. As a Floresville native, Mia grew up in the San Antonio area and always knew that she wanted to return home. She previously worked as a meteorologist at KBTX in Bryan-College Station and is a fourth-generation Aggie.