How to grow pumpkins in Minecraft

Two pumpkins and two Jack Lanterns in Minecraft

Pumpkins are abundant in Minecraft and are quite useful for decoration and crafting. If you want to have a decent supply of pumpkins, here’s a guide on how to grow pumpkins in Minecraft.

Even though pumpkins might seem unimportant in Minecraft, they have a wide range of uses. You can make food items like pumpkin pie, navigation tools like Jack-o-Lanterns, and spawn Iron Golems with them.

Pumpkins are abundantly found in the Overworld but it is always better to grow your own items than to wander around searching for them. Luckily, growing pumpkins in Minecraft is as easy as it gets, and here’s how to do it.

A massive Lemon and pumpkin farm in Minecraft

How to make a pumpkin farm in Minecraft

You need a hoe, pumpkin seeds, and a water bucket to grow pumpkins in Minecraft. To obtain seeds, you first need to get some pumpkins from the Overworld.

How to get pumpkin seeds in Minecraft

Pumpkins in Minecraft naturally spawn over grass, coarse dirt, farmland, or dirt blocks with air above implying that there should be no obstructions like grass or flowers above the seeds. It is hard to find the fruit in biomes with sand and rocks, and it is best to search for them in taiga and snowy taiga biomes.

After collecting the desired amount of pumpkins, just add them to any block of the crafting table and they’ll turn into pumpkin seeds.

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To get a bucket, check out this detailed guide on how to make a bucket in Minecraft.

How to make a hoe in Minecraft

You can make a simple hoe in Minecraft with sticks and a material like wood, cobblestone, and diamond. Place two wooden planks/cobblestone/gold ingots/iron ingots on the first row of the crafting grid and fill the remaining slots in the middle column with two sticks.

The crafting recipe for a stone hoe has been showcased in this image:

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Crafting recipe for a hoe in Minecraft

To make a different type of hoe, just replace the two cobblestone blocks with wooden planks, diamond, gold ingots, or iron ingots.

Hoes basically help in tilling the land where you want to grow your pumpkins.

How to plant pumpkin seeds in Minecraft

To plant pumpkin seeds in Minecraft, you first need to till the desired area with a hoe. Then, dig a hole in the farming region and fill it with water. You can collect water from a nearby source in a bucket and use it to fill the hole.

Before tilling and adding the water, make sure that the piece of land has air above and there’s enough light.

Now, equip pumpkin seeds and plant them over the area you’ve tilled. Leave the block adjacent to the seed empty as pumpkins in Minecraft do not grow above the seed. Instead, they spawn in the adjoining block.

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Pumpkins growing alongside water in Minecraft

How to make a pumpkin farm in Minecraft

Your pumpkin farm in Minecraft can be of any shape and size if it fulfills the aforementioned conditions. There should be water, air, and at least two blocks of space for every seed to grow.

An easy way to make a pumpkin farm is to make a 4-5 block hole in the ground and fill it with water. Till two blocks of land on both sides of the water blocks and put seeds in the ones near to the water.

Here’s what such a pumpkin farm would look like in the game:

Example of a simple pumpkin farm in Minecraft

This was everything to know about growing pumpkins in Minecraft. For more content on the sandbox title, make sure to check out these guides on the best sword enchantments, how to make a pyramid beacon, and how to make paper.

Image Credits: Mojang

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