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From Seed to Fruit

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A pumpkin is a type of squash. It can take four months for this fall fruit to grow. Take a look!

1. Plant the Seed

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A giant pumpkin begins as a tiny seed. The seed goes into the soil soil DORLING KINDERSLEY:ROB STREETER—GETTY IMAGES the top layer of earth where plants grow (noun) The cactus grows well in dry soil. .

2. See It Sprout sprout HALFPOINT IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES to begin to grow (verb) The flowers in my mom's garden sprout each spring.

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Seeds need lots of sunlight and water to grow. A seed sprouts from the soil.

3. Ready to Bloom

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The sprouts grow vines. The vines have green leaves and yellow flowers.

4. Growing Green

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Small green pumpkins grow from the vines. The fruits stay green for a month or more. The pumpkins are not yet ripe ripe SUBJUG—GETTY IMAGES fully grown and ready to be eaten (adjective) Bananas are ripe when they are soft and yellow. .

5. Orange Pumpkins

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The green pumpkins keep growing. They take in water and sunlight. The fruits turn orange. Now they are ready to pick!

How Big?

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The Baby Boo is a tiny pumpkin. It can fit in your hand. The Big Moon is a gigantic pumpkin. Some can weigh 200 pounds!

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