My pumpkin vines have started dying in the last week or so. I had a tiny
pumpkin about the size of a golf ball, but that is now black. I've never
grown pumpkins before and wondered if anyone knew what may be the reason
I'm in southern Indiana, and we have been experiencing unseasonably cooler
weather lately. Could it be due to the cooler temperatures? Or too little
or too much water? I have noticed beetles on the plants, which I have been
trying to pick off - could they be killing it?
Thanks for any ideas.
firstname.lastname@example.org (FarmerDill) wrote in message
Actually I have been told that pumpkins like cool and wet weather even
though it is not good for them in some ways. If you can, let them root
on the ground and it may take longer for such things vine borers to
kill the plant. That may be the only reason I still got pumpkins.
This happened to me somewhat. I saw the moth that started my vine
borer infestation, for several days in fact. It looks sort of like an
elegant wasp, black with red trimmings. I was totally fooled!
My vine's gone now too, but I'll try again next year. If you see
anything that look something like a ladybug (has spots) but isn't
round enough, that is definitely an enemy. It feeds on powdery mildew
and yep, spreads other diseases besides.
those beetles brought you bacterial wilt. The vines are doomed, burn
them. It is off and on for many of us (I am in SE MI), some years they
find them and some years they don't, but if you have a single small
garden they will find them most years and the only way to get anything
is to grow them under cover.
I have had luck this year because I started a new garden 250 ft away
from the previous one, and I enjoyed three months of good growth and
one month plus of abundant harvest. But the previous two years I got
nothing. On top of that I get vine borers galore (those have finally
found some zucchini plants, one of which has already stopped
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