I will be planting some pumpkins, some from some seeds my kid got from church teachers (presumably normal Jack-o-latern style pumpkins) and some Ferry-Morse Pumpkin Big Max. I noticed the Big Max pumpkin seed packet says 120 days to harvest.
This is my first year living as far south in the US as I do now, and I'm not used to having such a long growing season. Soil should be warm enough in mid-April to sow the pumpkin seeds. However, with 120 days to harvest, that means the pumpkins will be ready for harvest in August if I plant then!
How long after maturity will pumpkins on the vine last? If I want pumpkins in October, should I wait until June to plant them?