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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby RLNcoinbuyer » Sun Jun 17, 2018

Rodebaugh wrote: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.


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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby xelint » Mon Jun 18, 2018

When you do grow a giant pumpkin what is your exit plan for getting it out of that box? :pop:

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon Jun 18, 2018

xelint wrote:When you do grow a giant pumpkin what is your exit plan for getting it out of that box? :pop:


I will remove the wind fence and whatever else to get her free. It will likely be a chore to load as well. These are problems I hope for and welcome with open arms. :D

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Postby agnostic » Mon Jun 18, 2018

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Recluse » Mon Jun 18, 2018

Doc, are growing pumpkins something that you have done for years or is all of this knowledge of pumpkins recently acquired for the new hobby? I am thoroughly impressed!
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Silversaving » Mon Jun 18, 2018

Think I just figured out the stamp design for the 2018 rolos....giant pumpkin!
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon Jun 18, 2018

Recluse wrote:Doc, are growing pumpkins something that you have done for years or is all of this knowledge of pumpkins recently acquired for the new hobby? I am thoroughly impressed!


It is something that I just started doing this year. Most of the info is from the web and past basic gardening experience. It has honestly been a ton of fun so far and I am super excited to see the outcome. I'm an "all in" type of person.

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby RadioChemist » Mon Jun 18, 2018

Rodebaugh wrote:
Recluse wrote:Doc, are growing pumpkins something that you have done for years or is all of this knowledge of pumpkins recently acquired for the new hobby? I am thoroughly impressed!


It is something that I just started doing this year. Most of the info is from the web and past basic gardening experience. It has honestly been a ton of fun so far and I am super excited to see the outcome. I'm an "all in" type of person.

I guess the phrase "go big or go home" is common in this hobby? :D
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Wed Jun 20, 2018

Amazing what 3 days of growth looks like. :shock:

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby PeacePeople » Wed Jun 20, 2018

Is that a pumpkin eating snake I see in the background?
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Postby fredzoyt » Wed Jun 20, 2018

I didn't realize they like drinking soda pop.
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Wed Jun 20, 2018

fredzoyt wrote:I didn't realize they like drinking soda pop.


Can of soda and two kittens is what I feed it before leaving off to work this morning.

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon Jun 25, 2018

Well its been 5 days since an update on growth and strategy. The side vine pumpkin is really starting to take off. As much as I hate to cull it... that remains the plan. I expect to remove it within the next 48 hours. The main vine Pumpkin has taken nicely and is very comparable to the side vine at DAP 8. I do not need two kins competing against one another. We have had 2-3" of rain in the past 4 days. The slope in my patch has kept the plant happy, healthy, and not swimming. I completely removed the father plant (1790 Holland) Thursday. It was 24 feet stump to tip along the main. So there will be no further pollinations. 3 Pumpkins are set on the remaining 2043 Clementz plant: The side vine big boy, The main vine, and one further out on the main not pictured. I sent off a tissue test last week to gauge nutrient availability/plant uptake. I should have the those results back today. I'll post those results w/ discussion once I receive them. I will wait on fert application until then.

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby cmiller17363 » Mon Jun 25, 2018

It appears that the stem leading to your keeper on the main vine is significantly thicker than the pumpkin you plan to cull. Do you think that will have a heavy (or any) bearing on the final product?
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon Jun 25, 2018

cmiller17363 wrote:It appears that the stem leading to your keeper on the main vine is significantly thicker than the pumpkin you plan to cull. Do you think that will have a heavy (or any) bearing on the final product?


Yes I do....and it will. :thumbup:

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Tue Jun 26, 2018

Tissue test results are in and frankly we look pretty good. I culled the side vine pumpkin yesterday, cast some seven and spectracide insecticide across the whole plot. Cool temps this week with a real blazer headed for the weekend. Keep on keeping on with the 1/2 TKO and 1/10th Fish.

Ordered a transfer pump off feeBay. No more toting 15-40gal of water/day come Friday. Hook that badboy up to the rain collecting tank and hose um down in style.

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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rik Bitter » Tue Jun 26, 2018

Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby fredzoyt » Tue Jun 26, 2018

You can tell we need to see some upward momentum in the metals. We're watching pumpkins grow. :lol: :lol:

Sorry Doc, couldn't resist. :P
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby cmiller17363 » Tue Jun 26, 2018

Was there any soil prep (amendments) before taking on this project or did you just HAPPEN to have soil that was close to where it needed to be?
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Re: Giant Pumpkin 2018

Postby Rodebaugh » Tue Jun 26, 2018

So that brings us to the most important post yet...... The Contest

-How heavy will she get?

Rules of entry:
Make a guess in even pounds. (eg 483)
Pumpkins weight will be determined at weigh off (octoberish)
Failure to get viable pumpkin to the scales = no contest
One guess per user
Contest closes at days end 7-15-18
I get to guess as well by days end 7-16-18
Prize awarded to closest
Tie decided with online randomizer

One winner-
Perfect guess Grand Prize: Slabbed NGC $25 Platinum eagle and 5 Pumpkin Seeds
or close to but not exact: Raw Platinum $10 eagle 5 Pumpkin Seeds

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