How to Grow Pumpkins in Minecraft

There are many different things to do in the world of Minecraft, and farming crops is one of them. In this guide, players will learn how to grow pumpkins in Minecraft. It is one of the best vegetations to grow in the game and has a wide variety of uses. 

Pumpkin is one of the oldest blocks in the history of Minecraft. This fruit block was added to Minecraft in the game’s alpha stage and has been a part ever since. Since its addition over a decade ago, pumpkins have been through many changes.

But something that hasn’t changed much is how pumpkins are grown in Minecraft. If you are new to the game and have stumbled across some pumpkin seeds, keep following this guide to growing them. 

How to grow pumpkins in Minecraft: A step-by-step guide

To grow pumpkins in Minecraft, players will need the following items: 

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • A hoe
  • A bucket of water
  • A dirt or grass block 

Dirt blocks and water can be found almost everywhere in the Overworld. As for the hoe, players can craft it using two sticks and three wooden planks, cobblestones, iron ingots, gold ingots, or diamonds. Unlike wheat seeds, pumpkin seeds aren’t easy to obtain.

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Players may find pumpkin seeds inside loot chests found in taiga villages, dungeons, mineshafts, and woodland mansions. Pumpkin seeds can also be obtained via using a shear on pumpkins. 

Once players have obtained seeds, follow these steps to grow pumpkins in Minecraft: 

Step 1: Place water beside dirt or grass

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The first step is to prepare the land for growing pumpkins. In Minecraft, players can only plant seeds on farmland. To turn a dirt or grass block into farmland, players must place a water block next to dirt/grass and then go to the next step. 

Step 2: Use a hoe to till the dirt or grass block

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Once the water is placed, players can cultivate the nearby dirt or grass blocks using a hoe. Right-click or press the Use button while facing a dirt or grass block to turn it into farmland. 

Step 3: Plant pumpkin seed 

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Now, all players need to do is plant pumpkin seeds into the farmland. Be sure to leave a block-wide space for the pumpkin to grow from the stem. If there is no free space, the pumpkin won’t grow. 

Players can create the farm design shown above to ensure all stems produce pumpkins. After pumpkins have grown, players can break them using anything but an axe would be the fastest way.  

Uses of Minecraft pumpkin

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In Minecraft, pumpkins can be used in many ways. One of the best uses for pumpkins is making golems. Players can turn pumpkins into carved pumpkins using shear and then use them to make iron golems and snow golems. 

Carved pumpkins can also be worn as a helmet. In the End dimension, players can wear carved pumpkins to prevent random endermen from attacking them. Another use of carved pumpkins is crafting Jack-o’-lanterns. Players can prepare a Jack o’Lantern by adding a torch to a carved pumpkin in the crafting grid. 

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Many players build automatic pumpkin farms just for the sake of selling pumpkins to farmer villagers. Apprentice-level farmers can buy pumpkins in exchange for emeralds in Minecraft. Players can get lots of emerald and experience points with a pumpkin farm by trading pumpkins with villagers. 

Minecraft Pumpkin FAQ

How long do pumpkins take to grow in Minecraft?

Pumpkins have one of the longest growth times in Minecraft, as a pumpkin seed can take anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes to become a stem. Once a seed has fully developed into a stem, it can produce pumpkins forever without needing to plant seeds again and again. 

If players want to avoid the waiting game, they can use bone meals to speed up their growth. Players can turn a pumpkin seed instantly into a stem using some bone meals.

Why won’t my pumpkins grow in Minecraft?

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Pumpkins not growing is a common problem among many Minecrafters. If a seed is not developing into a stem or the stem is not producing pumpkins, it could be because of low light levels. Ensure the pumpkin seed or stem has at least a light level of 10. 

If a stem is still not producing any pumpkins, it could be because of not having any empty space nearby. Players must leave an open block space beside the stem as pumpkins grow out of stems. 

Do you have to replant pumpkin seeds in Minecraft?

No, pumpkins seeds do not need to be replanted. After a seed has grown into a stem, it can produce infinite pumpkins.

How to make pumpkins grow faster in Minecraft?

Pumpkin seeds take an excruciatingly long time to grow, and they can take up to 30 minutes to grow into a fully-fledged stem. Players can make pumpkins grow faster by using bone meal on them. 

Where to find pumpkins in Minecraft?

Minecraft pumpkins are very common to find in the Overworld biomes. Players may discover random pumpkin patches in any Overworld biome with grass blocks such as plains, forests, savannas, etc. Pumpkins are also generated naturally in taiga villages, snowy villages, woodland mansions, and pillager outposts. 

What blocks can pumpkins grow on in Minecraft?

Pumpkins seeds can only be placed on farmland blocks. As for the pumpkins growing out of stems, they need a dirt or grass blocks to grow on.

Do pumpkins need water in Minecraft?

Yes, pumpkins need water to grow in Minecraft. Without water, the farmland will dehydrate and turn into dirt blocks, causing the pumpkin seed or stem to break. 

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