How Much Does a Pumpkin Cost?
A pumpkin is a gourd-like squash which originated from North America. They are used for various recipes ranging from soups to dishes and desserts. They are not only delicious but also healthy for you since they are rich in Vitamin A and minerals.
Aside from being a favorite dish, pumpkins are also popular during Halloween. Purchasing a pumpkin during October is very easy since they are sold just about everywhere; however, finding pumpkins elsewhere can be very tough throughout the rest of the year.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of a pumpkin will depend on the location, weight, store and geographical location. Places that sell pumpkins are either going to charge you by the pound or a flat rate.
- If by the pound, pumpkins are going to cost around $0.20 to $0.70 per pound. If it is a flat rate, most pumpkins that are smaller than the average hand will cost less than $1 to $3, while larger pumpkins can cost an average of $3-$10.
- According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average retail price for a pumpkin is around $4.80.
- On the other hand, pumpkins may be priced by type. A traditional orange pumpkin usually costs around $2.99. “Fairy-tale” pumpkins, which come in unusual shapes and colors, can cost $5.99. Mini pumpkins cost $0.99 each. This is according to shermanoaks.patch.com.
What is going to be included?
- A pumpkin is a gourd-like squash of the genus Cucurbita and the family Cucurbitaceae.
- Pumpkins have a thick, orange or yellow shell, creased from the stem to the bottom, containing the seeds and the pulp.
- They are widely grown for commercial use and can be used in both food and for recreation.
- Pumpkins range in size from less than 1 pound to more than 1,000 pounds. Generally, pumpkin stems are more rigid, prickly, and angular (with an approximate five-degree angle) than squash stems, which are generally softer, more rounded, and more flared where joined to the fruit.
- The cost of pumpkins may include the cost of handling, packaging, shipping, or delivery.
What are the extra costs?
- Extra costs may be incurred for handling, packaging, shipping, and delivery of pumpkins especially when you purchase them online or from other states or areas. Ask the store, market, or seller for the terms or conditions included in shipping or delivery.
- Growing your own pumpkins would also require additional costs to cover labor, fertilizers, harvesting, and related costs.
Tips to know
- Shop around for the cost of pumpkins in your local market, grocery store, or online store. Try to get price estimates and then compare prices to get the best deal. Most companies are more than happy to provide a quote over the phone. Many stores, such as Walmart and popular grocery stores sell pumpkins for a low cost.
- Purchasing good seeds is the first step to growing quality pumpkins. Pumpkin seeds can last up to 50 years, but it would be best to purchase seeds that are fresh.
- The area where you plant the pumpkins will make a huge difference. Pumpkins need a lot of sunlight and room to grow. If you have a patch that is along the back of your property, for instance, the pumpkins will have room to thrive.
- Pumpkin seeds should not be planted too early since the smallest amount of frost can kill the buds. You should wait until the temperature averages 70 degrees. Planting at the beginning of June should be perfect in most places.
- Pumpkin seeds should be planted about 1-2 inches below the surface and should sprout within 7 to 10 days. Pumpkins do need a lot of water, you should only water them when the soil is not already moist.
How can I save money?
- You can save money by taking advantage of promos or discounted rates when you buy pumpkins. Some sellers provide discounted rates for bulk purchases. You can ask friends or neighbors to purchase their pumpkins with you.
- If you have the land, consider growing your own. They are easy to grow and you can potentially sell the left overs that you do not use.