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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby jfkwashere » Tue May 15, 2018

The color improved greatly over the week. Let it grow, maybe some support using mulch to prop up that split?

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Wed May 16, 2018

Everything that I have come across really doesn't act like vine splits are that big of a deal. Sure, they are not ideal and can only hinder growth but not by much if measurable at all. Suggestions of splinting the split, keeping it dry, and putting some sulfur powder on the area to control mold or rot seem consistent. In other news, the 1790 Holland now also has a split even larger than the Clementz. So I'm 100% back to the Clementz plant. I doctored them both yesterday and slightly changed vine direction. I will continue to adjust the vines bit by bit until I get them pointed downhill. I will likely be covering some sections with dirt today or tomorrow. Time to get these plants rocking. Yesterdays watering was 5gal of barrel water w/ no fertilizer. Trying to keep my Nitrogen in check.

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby joefro » Wed May 16, 2018

Bahah I had never opened this thread because I assumed it was another Trump thread. :lol:

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Purple and Gold » Wed May 16, 2018

When i first saw the title i thought this thread was about a new pour ;)
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby eekAmouse » Wed May 16, 2018

Good work Doc. I have a small farm down the road form my house, Byrd's Big Pumpkins. Don't know what kind they are but big none the less. I usually stay under 150lbs other than that the get hard to carve and move. I will look for some pics.
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby jfkwashere » Wed May 16, 2018

Mold, rot, humidity.
None of that here in Colorado. So hot, dry and windy I might expect wildfire's any day now. Hell, the peonies and dahlias froze last night.

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Fri May 18, 2018

Four days since last photos posted. A few things have been done in the patch so I figured an update was called for. As stated in my last update I have changed the direction of both vines. I cut a ditch ahead of the advancing main vine of the 2043 Clementz 6" deep x 8" wide and filled it back in with rich compost. This will aid in rooting as the plant advances. You can see in the first 5-18-18 photo posted the placement of the loosely wrapped pink plumbers tape on the stem split. About a foot down vine from the tape you will see soil covering (time for some more roots). This plant is way outside of the original irrigation ditch and is advancing 6-8" a day. The two sticks stuck into the ground far bottom right of last photo show 24hrs of growth. It will be out of the greenhouse by Tuesday at this rate. I will think on what to do with the Holland 1790 plant. I would like to have it as my pollinator or I may cull it altogether or Maybe i'll do some Frankenstein sh*t and graft it to my 2043 Clementz.


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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon May 21, 2018

A lot has happened in 3 days. The 2043 Clementz is in full stride now doing 8-12" growth per day on the main vine. I have trimmed back the 1790 Holland. It is kept alive as a pollinator only. I expect the 2043 to leave the greenhouse tomorrow. I have installed a wind fence 20X22 with intentions of expanding it to 20X32 by the middle/end of June. The ends on the greenhouse have been removed as well. Ferts so far are still just diluted 5-1-1 foliar and ground applications. Feel like I can spoon feed it nicely this way.

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Wed May 23, 2018

Today deserves an update. WE HAVE A PUMPKIN!

It is about 8' out on the main vine which is not far enough out. I will pinch it off within the next 4-5 days. But why doc? Well, from all the literature I have seen the ideal spot to set a fruit is 10-14ft out on the main vine. A pumpkin at that area will tend to get much bigger. Research goes even further stating that everything (vines/leaves) beyond the set pumpkin contributes very little to pumpkin growth. Amazing that this jelly bean size fruit could theoretically go 2000+# in 100-120 days.

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon May 28, 2018

Back from a mini vacation to find that the pumpkin plants have gone nuts. Elvis The Main vine has left the building (four foot out!!!!). Walking boards are now laid down to the stump and along the main vine.

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To close to the stump and under the Cave frame.... CLIP! 5-28-18
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon Jun 04, 2018

I have 3 males in bloom this morning. First Female pollination will take place some time this week with any luck. I will be tilling more area this evening in front of the main and extending my wind fence. This plant is on fire!

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Tue Jun 12, 2018

I have pulled half a dozen females that were in poor positioning. The pumpkin on the main vine was pollinated 6-7-18. I give it a 50/50 for taking. I just don't feel like it will. It is located under the shade structure. Another was pollinated this morning on a side vine 6-12-18. The plant started to show signs of to much Nitrogen so I have backed off all fertilizer for a week now. She is snapping back and growing like a weed. The smaller Holland plant has been used for both pollinations so far and will continue to stay in the patch until I get a 30-80#er set on the Clementz. I have also extended my growing plot and wind fence.

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby cmiller17363 » Tue Jun 12, 2018

This is amazing. Thank you for documenting and sharing the experience!
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Tue Jun 12, 2018

cmiller17363 wrote:This is amazing. Thank you for documenting and sharing the experience!


Thanks for reading and following along......and expect a pumpkin weight guessing contest announced soon.

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Thu Jun 14, 2018

DAP 7 = (days after pollination - 7)

I removed my shade cloth from over the pumpkin. There is now plenty of natural shade coming from the leaf at that node. A sheet of cement board was placed over the soil for the pumpkin to set (if it takes). If not I will shimmy it on down to the pumpkin at the 20'+ spot on the main. No ferts placed for over a week now. I did spray a light folliar fungicide and insecticide 6-12-18.

Gonna stay light on the Nitrogen for a bit longer BUT i'm thinking about starting to ease into a heavy Phosphate and Potassium Fert soon.

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Sat Jun 16, 2018

The pumpkin on the main vine did not set. :thumbdown:

I am, however, still very hopeful. A pumpkin on the side vine was pollinated and it has took. Look for pics to be posted tomorrow or Monday.

As for ferts......we are very dry here and I have been doing a soak with 15 gal of 1/2 strength TKO 0-29-26 w/ 1/10th strength 5-1-1 Alaska Fish.

Picture from 6-11-18.
-Gold Box w/ sad face = aborted pumpkin on main
-Gold Box w/ smile face = pumpkin pollinated and growing 6-12-18
-Blue Box w/ neutral face = pumpkin on main that should be pollinated tomorrow.

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby pitw » Sat Jun 16, 2018

To bad the vines ain't good food.

Thanks for all the updates.

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby fredzoyt » Sat Jun 16, 2018

they'll be here in no time.
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Sun Jun 17, 2018

Lots of work done on the patch this weekend. Tons of secondary side vine burying. A 3gal folliar mix of 20ml TKO fert, 1ml Merit insecticide, and 1 teaspoon epsom salt was applied at dusk today. I trimmed the 1790 father plant a ton more. It's job is mostly done so I will likely do away with that plant before June lets out. I have found two squash bugs. Both were acting funny (probably from the early Merit application). Either way I gave them the squish instead of the squash. My side vine Pumpkin is starting to grow nicely. I have put a scrap of road cloth covered with sand underneath it. I'll keep that pumpkin on as insurance until I have a basketball set on the main vine to replace it. Speaking of main vine fruit. Today was pollination day of a nice 5 lobe fruit about 22' out on the main. Oh boy if this one takes.... baby we are going to be in business. In the second picture below you will see this pumpkin. Notice the root node that is reaching for the earth. This is why I bury all my vines. I also picked up a couple cheap patio drink tables to provide shade for the young fruit.

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rik Bitter » Sun Jun 17, 2018

Hey Doc, perhaps you should consider setting up a webcam so we can watch all the pumpkin growing action in real time.
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