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I grew this bad boy last summer. smile.png what's the best pumpkin you have grown?

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That is beautiful and massive!



These grew volunteer. (Meaning I didn't plant them).big_smile.png
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That is beautiful and massive!



These grew volunteer. (Meaning I didn't plant them).big_smile.png

Thanks. smile.png your volunteer pumpkins are lovely. smile.png
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Can't tell you yet as it's still just putting on flowers :-). It came up in my old compost pile. Seems to be an awful lot of vine for not much in the way of fruit though. Is that normal?

Aussie Mum to
our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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Aussie Mum to
our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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Can't tell you yet as it's still just putting on flowers :-). It came up in my old compost pile. Seems to be an awful lot of vine for not much in the way of fruit though. Is that normal?

Yes, it's normal. The first flowers are always male, when you get a flower that's female and looks healthy, clip the end of the vine off so it puts all it's energy into that one pumpkin. Also clip off all other pumpkin that try's to grow. smile.png doing all this will
Ensure that your pumpkin will grow big, if that's what you desire. Use a large pumpkin variety though, a pumpkin will only grow as large as it able to genetically able to do.
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What steps did you take to get yours that large? Is that fence around it? How often did you water, fertilize, eTc?
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What steps did you take to get yours that large? Is that fence around it? How often did you water, fertilize, eTc?

I watered it every day when it was still
Small and flexible, and when it was larger and more prone to splitting I put a home made drip system on it so it got water everyday in small consistent amount. Same thing with fertilizer, lots when small, a little every 2 weeks when large. I also got a fishy seaweed organic type of liquid that I used to supplement the soil. That's a small fence over it, our summers are quite hot, which pumpkins love, but the sun on the skin of a rapidly growing pumpkin can cause it to harden up, which can lead to splitting. So I put a little fence up and a sheet on top to keep the sun off it in late summer when it was at it's large stage. I also clipped the end of the vine off so when I had a good pumpkin set so all it's energy would go to Chubby boy. (Yup, I named him. Lol)
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