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Let's talk pumpkins

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by Mezzer, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. Mezzer

    Mezzer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I grew this bad boy last summer. :) what's the best pumpkin you have grown? [​IMG]

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  2. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is beautiful and massive!

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    These grew volunteer. (Meaning I didn't plant them).:D
     
  3. Mezzer

    Mezzer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. :) your volunteer pumpkins are lovely. :)
     
  4. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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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?
     
  5. Mezzer

    Mezzer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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. :) 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.
     
  6. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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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?
     
  7. Mezzer

    Mezzer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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