To the veteran Pumpkin Grower,
I'm going to be starting my first pumpkin patch this spring, and I'm
stocking up on all of the general 'how to's' I can get. Any suggetions,
or tricks of the trade would be great. Thanks.
I've seen local folks feed their pumpkin's milk. Also pruning down
to less fruit per vine a possibility to consider.
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this year I bought seeds advertised as 'giant', prepared a patch with horse
poo under a raised bed, lots of fresh compost, watered every day and fed
result bugger all
will be interested to see what the successful folk advise
My father always swore that the big growers split the stem above the chosen
fruit, threaded a small piece of cotton rag through the split. The other
end of this strip of material was in a gallon jug of water. This, he said,
fed the fruit a direct and steady supply of water to plump it up.
<shrug> I never tried it but I still might some day. :)
Remember to put seeds in the dirt. ;-)
I grew great pumpkins as a kid and didn't do anything other than plant the
So, my point is that it's going to be easy.
And I'm looking forward to the tips that would have made my pumpkins bigger
My daughter's "Highlights for Children" magazine has an article about
growing giant pumpkins. Best advice in it - bury each leaf joint so
that new roots will form to help feed the giant pumpkin.
This is going for size, and removing all but one pumpkin per vine.
Every year I try to grow pumpkins and every year I never get any. THe female
flowers don't seem to come until September even though I have plenty of
vines. I've planted seed at one week intervals from May1 to June 15
(thinking it was a soil temp thing) but no luck. I've started the plants
indoors, no luck. WHat gives? Chicago area
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