Pumpkin Problums - Knowledgebase Question

Inkster, MI
Question by rccola921
December 4, 2000
i HAVE A SMALL GARDEN AND THE SOILS A LITTE SANDY AND FULL OF CLAY BUT IVE BEEN ADDING COMPOST OVER THE YEARS
MY QUESTION IS WHY DO I GET AN AVERADGE OF 1 FUL GROWN PUPKIN PER 12 PLANTS . I HAVE A SMALL POND TO KEEP THE BIRDS FROM USEING MY PUMPKINS AS A WATER SORCE AND I KNOW THERSE ENOUGH BEES TO POLLINATE THE PLANTS


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Answer from NGA
December 4, 2000

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Usually, an extremely low yield is the result of poor pollination, so you might try hand pollinating as a supplement to the bees activity. Pumpkins also need a rich soil, so you might want to run some soil tests and make sure the pH is acceptable and that fertility levels are high enough. Compost is a wonderful soil amendment but in some cases it can be a bit low in nitrogen or one of the other nutrients depending on which ingredients were used to make the compost and how it has been stored. The vines may also need watering during dry times in order to allow the pumkins to size up. Finally, you might want to check with your county extension (973-9281)and see what varieties of pumpkin are doing best in your local area.

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