Growing Vegetables/2 varieties of pumpkins
Plan on planting pumpkins this year for Halloween. Saved some seeds from last year from a good sized pumpkin (variety unknown) and bought a packet of "Connecticut Field" seeds to plant in case the seed I saved do not germinate. A co-worker saves seeds and he told me how to do it but no guarantees!
Can I plant these 2 different varieties in the same patch? Do I need to worry about cross pollination and end up with "runt" pumpkins? Would planting them a few weeks apart help. Limited space so I can't separate them very far.
Josh, there is a good chance that cross-pollination will affect the characteristics of the plants. The other issue you have is the possibility that the unknown seeds are from a hybrid plant. Hybrids seldom produce offspring from seed with the same characteristics as the parent plant.
Unless you can plant the two varieties 50 feet apart or more, I would not recommend planting them together. The results are too unpredictable. Personally, I would play safe and only plant the Connecticut Field seeds.
I hope this answers your question. Good luck, and feel free to write if you ever need further assistance.