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Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon May 07, 2018

I am attempting to grow a giant pumpkin this year. This will be my first go at it and I am by no means a farmer. My plot of land is in town and rather small with a slight slope (for WV). I think it would be fun to chronicle this undertaking here on BS submitting photos and discussion along the way.

Here is a photograph from 4-30-18 from inside my greenhouse a 4 days after transplant. The plant nearest is a 2043 Clementz the far on is a 1790 Holland. I started these plants and 3 others April 1st from seed indoors under a grow lamp. My soil is poor and has augmented with lime and compost. The greenhouse will likely remain up throughout May as cold temps are still possible.

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This picture is from today. The plants have received three waterings. Two of which contained a 5-1-1 fish additive. The trench is from the most recent watering. I placed a 5 gallon cooler's spout at the top and let gravity do a mini irrigation around the perimeter to encourage root expansion.

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby cmiller17363 » Tue May 08, 2018

This is cool! I look forward to seeing the progress.
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Purple and Gold » Tue May 08, 2018

Healthy looking plants! If pumpkins grow like watermelons they will spread out quickly. Nice thread :thumbup:
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Postby Brick's » Tue May 08, 2018

In the green house may not be necessary but, no mulch to keep the weeds out, moisture in, and something to decompose for the little guys that make good soil?
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Postby pitw » Tue May 08, 2018

Great thread. I'll be watching and cheering them along. My efforts at big pumps were failures but fun none the less.

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Postby natsb88 » Tue May 08, 2018

:thumbup:

I had a healthy looking pumpkin vine randomly pop up in a dirt pile last year. Some critter must have deposited a seed. When it came time to move the dirt pile, I tried to scoop it out in one piece with the front loader and move it, but was spectacularly unsuccessful :lol:

I am told by old timer neighbors that the lot I own used to be the nicest garden in town, was full of apple trees at one point, and grape vines before that. Once I get enough house projects crossed off the list, I intend to see just how good that soil is.

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Postby wjruth » Wed May 09, 2018

Good luck - I tried doing pumpkins one year and they got blight. Very little survived and what did got attacked by local critters.

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby justoneguy » Wed May 09, 2018

I grow Atlantic Giants every year for the kids.
I don't do any thing but throw the seeds into the ground
between the middle of may and the beginning of June.
I let all the pumpkins grow on all the vines.
I don't get "giant" pumpkins, but they're too big for the kids to carry,
and way bigger that the store sells for $20

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Postby MrGaribaldi » Wed May 09, 2018

Consider leaving the grow lamps on whenever the sun isn't shining. 24 hour sun works in Alaska, why not in WV.
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Postby Rodebaugh » Wed May 09, 2018

Here is a view of the greenhouse I have set up. Reviews were mixed about material durability and life expectancy. For the price point of $200 from Tractor Supply it made good sense and fits my needs nicely. Shelter Logic 10x10. I will keep it as is until near the end of this month. At that point I will likely remove the cover leaving the frame in place for the season. So far it has handled some very strong winds and protected my plants from two late frosts. Photograph taken 4-8-18 around dusk.

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This is a 55gal rain barrel that I set up to collect runoff for watering. I will place a dozen or so feeder goldfish in it within a day or two to help keep mosquito larvae at bay. ....Also for my children to enjoy. The Barrel is salvaged from a strip mine. It is labeled "spill response kit" and contained materials to mitigate hydrocarbons. It is a good clean barrel. I added a PVC overflow tube to keep spill over away from my foundation.

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Thu May 10, 2018

I didn't really plan to update this thread every 3 days but I was amazed by the explosion of growth I have seen in my 2043 Clementz plant in the past 72 hours. Good weather, root expansion, and watering with diluted 5-1-1.

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby DRP270 » Thu May 10, 2018

WOW. Do you see root canals growing this fast?
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Thu May 10, 2018

DRP270 wrote:WOW. Do you see root canals growing this fast?


No, but my waistline did freshman year. :shifty:

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby grantwoodisgold » Thu May 10, 2018

very cool Doc :thumbup:

Rodebaugh wrote:.... I will place a dozen or so feeder goldfish in it within a day or two to help keep mosquito larvae at bay. ....Also for my children to enjoy.....
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we just added goldfish to our rain barrel to feed on the mosquito larvae, a dozen is overkill and will turn your water fishy funky in no time. 3-5 thumb size goldfish is plenty for us. :duck:
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby trapperrick » Fri May 11, 2018

I've always grew pumpkins every year. I've tried to grow giant ones but never grew anything larger than 80 pounds.
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Tue May 15, 2018

Catastrophy in the pumpkin patch! :(

The near plant (2043 Clementz) had a major accident 3 days ago. It had not touched down yet and was growing like wildfire. Well it collapsed under its own weight and split the stem lengthwise near the stump. I have been watching it like a hawk to see the effects on growth, but I'm afraid that it will likely need to be the culled plant regardless. I'm heartbroken and open to thoughts and suggestions. That plant has AMAZING genetics and I have given his twin away. So the 1790 Holland will likely be the plant to stay It touched down nicely but by my estimations is a full week behind the Clementz. Time will tell. The 5-1-1 fertilizer has seemed to really kick in chlorophyll production with both plants becoming a good bit darker green. Warm temps are rocking the mic here in WV and my greenhouse is cooking some growth.

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5-14-17 One week of growth
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Stem Split :( :( :( :( :( :(
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby agnostic » Tue May 15, 2018

Let the sucker grow. Don't be overly concerned until stuff starts wilting.
Punkins are growing machines if you let them do their thing.
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby MrGaribaldi » Tue May 15, 2018

^^ Splint? Maybe give plant leaves some support so split doesn't get worse?
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