ACNH Pumpkin Guide | Farming and Gardening | Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) How to Grow Pumpkins

This is a guide on how to grow and get pumpkins in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn the basics of planting and growing pumpkins, as well as what you can use them for!

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Guide on How to Grow Pumpkins

Buy the Pumpkin Starts

Buy Pumpkin Starts from Nook's Cranny

ACNH - Buy Pumpkin Starts from Nook

Pumpkin Starts can be bought from Nook's Cranny on October for 280 Bells. Much like flower bags and tree saplings, these can be found inside the cabinet.

How to Upgrade Nook's Cranny

Buy Pumpkin Starts from Leif

ACNH - Buy Pumpkin Starts from Leif
You can also buy Pumpkin Starts from Leif all year round for the same 280 Bells price, but during October he will give you a discount!

He will show up the 1st of October and sell Pumpkin Starts for 140 Bells, which is half the price offered at Nook's Cranny. We recommended buying from him when he visits your island during October!

How to Unlock Leif's Garden Shop

Plant the Pumpkins

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ACNH - Pumpkin Growth Day 1 ACNH - Pumpkin Growth Day 2 ACNH - Pumpkin Growth Day 3 ACNH - Pumpkin Growth Day 4

You can plant pumpkins by directly planting them from your inventory or by digging a hole and then plant them with a shovel. It takes four days for a pumpkin to reach its fully-grown stage.

Water the Pumpkins Every Day

ACNH - Water your Pumpkins every dayEnlarge Watering Pumpkins ACNH - Pumpkins Sparkles after being wateredEnlarge Sparkles when Watered

You can grow pumpkins by watering them every day. You only need to water them twice while growing them to get the maximum of three pumpkins, but it might be easier to water the first batch every day to make sure!
You don't need to water your pumpkins when it rains, so you can focus on other activities during rainy days!

Watering Frequency Pumpkin Harvest
0 Days 1 Pumpkin
1 Day 2 Pumpkins
2 Days or More 3 Pumpkins
(Maximum Number)

How to Get the Watering Can

Harvest Several Times

ACNH - Harvest Pumpkins Several Times
Once a pumpkin has fully-grown, you can harvest it and plant it once more to grow more pumpkins. Note that the pumpkin you planted will have the same color, so if you want a different color you need to plant Pumpkin Starts again.

Pumpkins grow back in 2 days

Harvest Cycle
ACNH - Pumpkin Growth Day 4 > ACNH - Pumpkin Growth Day 2 > ACNH - Pumpkin Growth Day 3 > ACNH - Pumpkin Growth Day 4

Harvesting your pumpkins resets them to the 2 day stage, giving you exactly two days (the day you harvest and the day after) to water them again.

Note: Pumpkins will always grow back in the same color as the first time they ripened, so if you want to change the color you have to dig them up and plant a new pumpkin.

Plant the Pumpkin Itself to Get the Color You Want

ACNH - Harvest Pumpkins Several Times
You can use the harvested pumpkins to grow more of the same color. Use a shovel to dig a hole and then plant the pumpkin itself.

Do Pumpkins Only Grow in October?

Pumpkins Grow All Year Round

ACNH - Orange Pumpkin IconOrange Pumpkin ACNH - Yellow Pumpkin IconYellow Pumpkin
ACNH - White Pumpkin IconWhite Pumpkin ACNH - Green Pumpkin IconGreen Pumpkin
Pumpkin Season All year round

Pumpkins can be grown and harvested all year round, so make sure you have your watering can and shovel ready for some pumpkin farming!

Can I Buy Pumpkins?

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Unfortunately, you can't buy Pumpkins. However, Jack or a Villager will give you 10 Pumpkins if you give them treats on the evening of Halloween! If you're running low on Pumpkins, make sure to stock up on candies to give out on October 31.
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Types of Pumpkins

Four Different Colors

Pumpkin Color Probability
Orange Pumpkin IconOrange Pumpkin High
Yellow Pumpkin IconYellow Pumpkin Low
White Pumpkin IconWhite Pumpkin Low
Green Pumpkin IconGreen Pumpkin Very Low

There are four different colors for pumpkins. The colors are random, so make sure to plant many Pumpkin Starts. However, once you get one of each, you can re-plant the fully grown pumpkins for more of the same color!

Pumpkin Patch Ideas

ANCH - Anjepuri - Pumpkin Patch Idea 1Enlarge Pumpkin Patch Idea 1 Creator: Anjepuri
ANCH - minto - Pumpkin Patch Idea 2Enlarge Pumpkin Patch Idea 2 Creator: Rin-chan
ANCH - Rinchan - Pumpkin Patch Idea 3Enlarge Pumpkin Patch Idea 3 Creator: minto
ANCH - Yuuchanman - Pumpkin Patch Idea 4Enlarge Pumpkin Patch Idea 4 Creator: Yuuchaman

Decorate your island even further by creating your very own pumpkin garden. The table above shows some cute examples of pumpkin patch layouts to get you started!

If you want to go all out for Halloween, make sure to check our top Halloween-themed custom designs too!

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What to Use Pumpkins For

Use for Pumpkin DIYs

Pumpkins are used as a DIY crafting item to create the items shown below. You can also customize them to get different variations of each furniture by using different colored pumpkins!

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DIY Item Required Materials
Spooky Arch IconSpooky Arch
Hardwood IconHardwood (×10)
Clay IconClay (×3)
Orange Pumpkin IconOrange Pumpkin (×10)
Spooky Candy Set IconSpooky Candy Set
Candy IconCandy (×3)
Spooky Carriage IconSpooky Carriage
Wood IconWood (×20)
Softwood IconSoftwood (×20)
Hardwood IconHardwood (×20)
Iron Nugget IconIron Nugget (×10)
Orange Pumpkin IconOrange Pumpkin (×30)
Spooky Chair IconSpooky Chair
Softwood IconSoftwood (×3)
Spooky Fence IconSpooky Fence
Iron Nugget IconIron Nugget (×5)
Spooky Garland IconSpooky Garland
Iron Nugget IconIron Nugget (×1)
Clay IconClay (×1)
Spooky Lantern IconSpooky Lantern
Spooky Lantern Set IconSpooky Lantern Set
Spooky Scarecrow IconSpooky Scarecrow
Wood IconWood (×4)
Spooky Standing Lamp IconSpooky Standing Lamp
Hardwood IconHardwood (×5)
Clay IconClay (×1)
Spooky Table IconSpooky Table
Softwood IconSoftwood (×10)
Orange Pumpkin IconOrange Pumpkin (×14)
Spooky Table Setting IconSpooky Table Setting
Iron Nugget IconIron Nugget (×1)
Clay IconClay (×1)
Spooky Tower IconSpooky Tower
Spooky Wand IconSpooky Wand
Star Fragment IconStar Fragment (×3)

Sell for a Profit

Pumpkins actually sell for more than their starts cost, with a slightly higher selling price of 350 Bells per pumpkin.

Below you can see some calculations on how much you would earn if you grow 1 pumpkin (no watering), 2 pumpkins (water once), or 3 pumpkins (water twice.)

Note: We have calculated the profits without substracting the initial cost, as that is only relevant the first time you harvest!

Pumpkin Harvest Profit Calculations

Starts Initial Cost Profit
1 280
350 700 1,050
5 1,400
1,750 3,500 5,250
10 2,800
3,500 7,000 10,500
20 5,600
7,000 14,000 21,000

The initial cost in parentheses is if you buy starts from Leif in October.

Use as Decorations

ACNH - Place Pumpkins as Decorations

You can drop pumpkins to decorate with them as they are, too! We haven't tested yet, but we don't believe they will have a negative impact on your island rating.

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Eat for Stamina Points

Stamina Gauge
Eating pumpkins, much like you can with fruits, turnips, mushrooms, and bamboo shoots, can get you up to 10 points of stamina that allows you to things you cannot normally do in the game.

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Will There Be More Crops?

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We think the fact that Leif sells the plants year round means it's highly likely that we will be able to grow more crops down the road, so we have our fingers crossed for the next update in November!

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6 Anonymous3 months

In my experience they do not count as trees and shrubs

5 Anonymous4 months

Here's a question: Do pumpkins count as trees or flowers toward your star rating? Has anyone determined this yet?

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