Cutting Back Pumpkin Vines - Knowledgebase Question

Edison, NJ
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Question by Ntropea
July 26, 2000
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 from NGA
July 26, 2000
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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