How can I milk feed a pumpkin? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by evelynseavey
March 3, 2011
I am a beginner. How do you milk feed a pumpkin?


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Answer from NGA
March 3, 2011

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According to the experts in the giant pumpkin field (no pun intended), the best way to "feed" pumpkins is with rich, deep, organic soil, plenty of water, and regular feedings with water soluble or organic fertilizers. This feeds the whole plant, which is what makes the fruit healthy and large. Some gardeners have tried injecting milk into a pumpkin plant by using a hypodermic needle and forcing the milk into the vine. I don't think cutting a vine and trying to feed it "people food" will be worth the trouble and it's potentially harmful to the plant. Instead, I'd choose seeds such as 'Atlantic Giant', plant them early in the season and regularly feed and water the plants. If you pinch out the tips of the vines after they have produced 2-3 pumpkins the plant will concentrate its effort on ripening only a few fruits instead of continuing to grow and set flowers and develop lots of fruits. Hope you end up with an award winning pumpkin!

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