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Research & Fact Sheets - Pumpkin Variety Testing at Highmoor Farm

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pumpkins in the fieldHIGHMOOR FARM is UMaine College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture’s fruit and vegetable research facility in Monmouth. Our goal is to conduct applied research for the fruit and vegetable farmers of Maine and provide educational resources for Maine agriculture to remain competitive.

At Highmoor Farm researchers routinely evaluate apple, berry, and vegetable varieties for important horticultural traits and for disease resistance. Some of the better pumpkin varieties are shown here.

If you would like to learn more about pumpkin production and growing pumpkins in Maine, visit the UMaine Cooperative Extension Highmoor Farm website, http://extension.umaine.edu/highmoor/. For more information about the college’s research farms visit the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station website umaine.edu/mafes/research-farms-gardens-greenhouses/.


pumpkin, variety Rock StarRock Star
20–25 lb. average, round to slightly elongated shape with nice ribbing, medium to dark orange color, and fairly long stems. Vigorous plant, but susceptible to powdery mildew; tends to have low yields.
pumpkin, variety Small SugarSmall Sugar
6–7 lb. average, slightly flattened shape, moderate ribbing, deep orange coloring, good flesh for pies and canning.
pumpkin, variety Magic LanternMagic Lantern
16–22 lb. average, round to slightly flattened shape with nice ribbing, deep orange color, and strong stems. Plants are powdery mildew tolerant.
pumpkins, variety Mystic PlusMystic Plus
3–8 lb. average, round to slightly flattened shape with moderate ribbing, deep orange color, hard rind, and long, strong stems. Plants are compact and have powdery mildew tolerance.
pumpkin, variety MerlinMerlin
10–20 lb. average, round shape, with light ribbing, medium to dark color, and strong stems. Plants are powdery mildew tolerant.
pumpkins, variety Field TripField Trip
3–8 lb. average, flattened shape, uniform with good ribbing, deep orange color, and very long stems. Plants are high yielding and tolerant to powdery mildew.
pumpkin, variety CharismaCharisma
15–25 lb. average, round, slightly flattened shape with deep ribbing, medium orange color, and short, strong stems. Compact plant, powdery mildew tolerant.
pumpkins, variety Kandy KornKandy Korn
3/4–1 lb. average, bright orange, smooth with good handles, very uniform, has good pumpkin shape. Restrictive vines good for high-density plantings.
pumpkin, variety RacerRacer
8–14 lb. average, round to flattened shape with good ribbing, dark color, and long, strong stems. Plants have good yields and are compact.
pumpkins, variety Wee Bee LittleWee-B-Little
6–18 oz. average, mini, round pumpkins with smooth rind, good color, and short stems. Plants are compact and high yielding.

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