The Q&A Archives: Cutting Back Pumpkin Vines

Question: I am growing an Atlantic Giant Pumpkin, and I have a relatively large pumpkin growing about 6 feet away from the beginning of the plant. To give strength to the fruit, I cut off all other pumpkins. I am wondering if I should cut off the main vine at some point, or if I should cut off side-shoots? Thanks a lot!

Answer: Continue removing the newer pumpkins and trim back the side shoots to keep the main vine directing its energy to the pumpkin. Later, if the pumpkin seems slow to ripen a few weeks before frost, you can tip back the main vine.

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