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How To Plant, Grow, Harvest Pumpkins Farming Guide

Pumpkins are new growable plants in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) that can be planted, watered, farmed, and harvested to get new Pumpkin crafting materials! Learn how to buy, plant, water, grow, and harvest Pumpkins in this guide.

Farming pumpkins is a new feature introduced in the Version 1.5 Fall Halloween Update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons and cannot be experienced without the update installed. Learn more about everything in the update here.

How To Buy Pumpkin Starts (Seeds)

There are two different ways you can purchase Pumpkin Starts, or seeds, in Animal Crossing: New Horizons to begin your farming adventure. However, the price will depend on where you purchase seeds from and when.

During the month of October, Pumpkin Starts can be easily purchased every day inside the large cabinet at Nook’s Cranny where they will cost 280 Bells each, or 1400 Bells for five in bulk. Note that if you have just updated your game on September 30th, you may need to time travel to October in order to buy Pumpkin Starts.

However, they are not seasonally exclusive and Pumpkin Starts can also be purchased from Leif’s Flower Shop when he randomly visits your island outside Resident Services. During October, he will charge a discounted price of just 140 Bells each, or 700 Bells for five in bulk. Outside of October, the price matches the Nook’s Cranny cost.

UPDATE: It appears that Leif is not actually selling Pumpkin Starts outside of October, despite Nintendo’s official information indicating they would be sold. We’re not sure yet whether this is a bug or miscommunication.

How To Plant Pumpkin Starts

To plant your Pumpkin Starts, you can choose to either stand over an empty tile of land or dig a hole with a shovel, then open your inventory to plant!

While using the Island Designer app on your NookPhone to create dirt tiles on the ground makes for great aesthetics in your pumpkin farm, it’s not required to plant and grow pumpkins. You can grow them on any piece of grass!

Watering Your Pumpkins

Once your Pumpkins have been planted on your island, it’s important to water them consistently while they’re being grown as they will produce more pumpkins later to harvest.

Notice how in the screenshot above, some of the pumpkin plants have only sprouted a single pumpkin, whereas others have up to three in a batch on a single plant. If a planted Pumpkin Start is watered every single day until fully grown, it will produce the elusive three pumpkins for harvesting!

However, if a pumpkin isn’t watered as often throughout the growing process, it may only produce one or two pumpkins to harvest instead of the elusive three.

By the way, be on the look out for shining sparkles on your pumpkin plants to indicate they have been watered, just like flowers! If you don’t see sparkles appear, then you should probably water it again.

Stages Of Pumpkin Growth

There are four stages of pumpkin growth, similarly to how flowers are grown in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! Stage 1 reflects the first day when you plant a Pumpkin Start, with growth occurring on the days following.

Stage 1
(Planted)
Stage 2
(Growing)
Stage 3
(Growing)
Stage 4
(Ready)

Finally, the Pumpkin has fully sprouted and is ready to harvest at Stage 4 on the 4th day after planting! In this example, only one Pumpkin is available, but sometimes up to three can sprout if water correctly and discussed in the section above.

Harvesting Your Pumpkins

When your pumpkin plants have reached the fourth and final stage, a large pumpkin (or perhaps multiple!) will appear above the surface lying on the plant.

That means it’s time to finally harvest your beautiful plants by pressing the Y Button when standing over top of a pumpkin. This will pick up the pumpkin into your inventory giving you valuable crafting materials, while retaining the plant for potential future growth.

Do Pumpkins Regrow After Harvest?

Yes, your pumpkins can regrow! So don’t get ahead of yourself and start digging up your plants after harvesting, as they can actually continue to produce more pumpkins without any need to purchase new starts.

The next day after harvest, a pumpkin plant will revert back to the Stage 3 of growth, with a single new pumpkin produced the next day after on Stage 4. If you give the plant some water on the first day after harvest during Stage 4 though, the plant will produce two new pumpkins instead.

Four Types Of Pumpkins

There are four different types of pumpkins that can grow out of a plant and be harvested: Orange, Yellow, White, and Green.

Orange Pumpkin
Yellow Pumpkin
White Pumpkin
Green Pumpkin

However, there’s still only a single type of Pumpkin Start available to buy and plant. That’s because a random color of the four types will grow when you plant a Pumpkin Start.

From our research though, the Orange Pumpkin appears to be by far the most common being produced more than half the time, with the other three colors being somewhat rare in comparison. Given that the Spooky Set items are all crafted initially using Orange Pumpkins, that makes a lot of sense.

But you’ll still need the other three colors of Yellow, White, and Green to customize your Spooky Set items. One great way to help grow more of a particular color you want is to plant one of the pumpkins you’ve harvested using a Shovel that matches the color you’d like to grow.

Then when that new plant is fully grown, it will begin harvesting the same color as was planted, helping you obtain as many as you want of the color you desire! It’ll just keep re-growing repeatedly to produce even more.

What Can You Craft With Pumpkins?

Alongside the introduction of growable Pumpkins in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a collection of brand new Spooky Set DIY Crafting Recipes have been added in the update to enjoy!

These new Pumpkin DIY Crafting recipes can learned both from your villagers throughout the month of October, and from Jack during the Halloween Event on October 31st. For more details on all of the Spooky Set items you can get and craft using Pumpkins, check out our full guide here.


Please leave us a comment below if you discover any new information that can help improve this guide for everyone!

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