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Fall pumpkin planter

By: Garden Gate staff
What do you get when you combine your favorite cool-season plants and some beautiful, bright-orange pumpkins? Check out these instructions for a festive fall pumpkin planter!

c-pumpkin-planter-lead: This festive pumpkin planter uses cool-weather plants like pansies and kale.

Putting together your fall pumpkin planter

Looking for a unique way to plant up your fall favorites, or a new way to decorate your pumpkins? This festive fall pumpkin planter does both! The key to making it look its best for as long as possible is to not plant directly inside the pumpkin. Instead, plant up a plastic nursery pot. (We used one 8 in. in diameter. Make sure to choose a pumpkin that can fit the size of pot you’d like to use.) Pick out plants that look good late into the fall. These kales, pansies and cape daisies all do well in cool fall temperatures. When you’ve gathered the materials, you’re ready to begin.

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  • Potting mix
  • Wilt-Pruf®
  • Large pumpkin
  • Plastic nursery pot that will fit inside the pumpkin you chose
  • Cool-weather plants like kales, pansies, snapdragons & cape daisies

Planting tips

First, place a little potting mix in the bottom of the pot. Most pumpkins won’t hold a very big pot, so to fit in as many plants as possible, flatten each root ball before you tuck it in, then fill in any spaces with more mix. Once everything is planted, water the pot and let it drain completely before you place it in the pumpkin.

Cut an opening in the top of your pumpkin large enough for your nursery pot. Scoop out the insides and cut a 1-in. drainage hole in the bottom. Seal the pumpkin by spraying the inside with Wilt-Pruf®, especially around the hole. Once it dries, sink your pot inside. And there you have a "Jack o' planter!" Scroll down for some more details about the plants and plan.

Container care

  • Full sun
  • Moist, well-drained soil
  • Remove plastic pot before each watering and allow it to drain before replacing back into the pumpkin

pumpkin-planter-lettered-plan-orange: Make sure your nursery pot fits inside the pumpkin you choose. For our pumpkin we used one that is 8 in. in diameter.

Container recipe

A) Kale (Brassica oleracea ‘Peacock Red’)
B) Kale (Brassica oleracea ‘Nagoya Red’)
C) Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana ‘Blues Brothers Mix’)
D) Cape daisy (Osteospermum ‘Orange Symphony’)

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