Giant Pumpkins - Knowledgebase Question

Redding, CA
Question by mnt36
May 20, 1999
I would like to know how to grow Giant pumpkins!


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Answer from NGA
May 20, 1999

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For a variety of seeds that have the potential to grow giant pumpkins you should contact Howard Dill Enterprises, RR 1 , Windsor, Nova Scotia BON 2TO (902)-798-2728. He can provide you with both seeds and specific information. Other general considerations would be water, sun, soil, and length of your growing season. In your location the amount of water you provide will be will be very important. After the pumpkins start growing it is critical to provide them with enough water. It doesn't hurt to add an all purpose liquid fertilizer to the water. Pumpkins like heat and sunshine to florish, so try to give them as much as possible. Clay can be a good soil it has been aerated and lightened. Compost and aged manure are very good amendments to help your clay soil. After the pumpkins have beenpollinated they will need time to develop their size. Your long growing season should be ideal. You said your have started two seedlings, to increase your chances for success you should probably have six or eight seedlings started and chose the best four to start your pumpkins in the ground. They will grow better in a warmed soil, before putting them in the ground make sure the ground temperature has reached 70 F . After the plants get established in the ground you should watch to make sure that pollenization has taken place and after the pumpkins start growing limit each plant to one pumpkin. I hope you have plenty of space because these plants love to roam.

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