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A Guide To Growing Pumpkins In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Pumpkins. The latest Animal Crossing: New Horizons update allows players to plant, grow and harvest pumpkins. This allows players to create some awesome, authentic-looking little pumpkin patches! In addition to this, pumpkins are essential to craft the new Halloween-themed items. To lend fellow fans a hand, here is a quick guide on how to grow pumpkins in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How To Grow Pumpkins

Where To Buy Pumpkin Starts/Seeds

Pumpkin starts are purchasable from the cabinet inside of Nook’s Cranny for 280 bells each. Alternatively, when Leif visits, he sells them a bit cheaper at 140 bells a pop.

How To Plant Pumpkin Starts

You can plant pumpkin starts by standing on an empty piece of land, opening your inventory, and then planting the starts.

Alternatively, you can dig a hole with your shovel and then open your inventory to plant the starts.


Tip: Using the Island Designer app on your NookPhone to place dirt tiles to plant the starts on, is a cute way of making a proper little pumpkin patch.

Watering Your Pumpkins

It’s important to water your pumpkins regularly as they will then produce more pumpkins for you to harvest later on

If you water your planted pumpkin starts everyday (barring rainy days) until the pumpkins are fully grown, You will be able to harvest three pumpkins as opposed to the fewer pumpkins that grow when you don’t water them each day.

Like flowers, the pumpkins will twinkle when watered.

The Stages Of Pumpkin Growth

There are four different stages of Pumpkin growth. These four stages happen over the course of the four days it takes for Pumpkins to be ready for harvesting.

Stage 1 (Planted)
Stage 2 (Growing)
Stage 3 (More Growing..)
Stage 4 (Ready!)

Harvesting Pumpkins

When your pumpkin(s) have reached the fourth stage of growth (as illustrated above), they are ready for harvesting!

To harvest a pumpkin, stand over it and press the Y button. The pumpkin will then be in your inventory, and can now be used as a crafting material!

Do Pumpkins Regrow After Being Harvested?

Yes, pumpkins do indeed regrow after being harvested. So there’s no need to dig the plants up, as more pumpkins will contine to sprout.

The Different Types of Pumpkins & Their Role In Customization

There are four different types of pumpkins that can grow from a pumpkin start and then be harvested. The pumpkins grow in orange, yellow, white, and green.

The orange pumpkin is the most common colored pumpkin to sprout. The other three colored pumpkins are uncommon in comparison. This does make sense however, as the spooky item DIY’s require solely orange pumpkins as crafting materials.

But to customize your Spooky Set items, you’ll still need the other colored pumpkins which sprout in yellow, white, and green.

Alison Rowe

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