Mini Pumpkins - Knowledgebase Question

Atlanta, GA
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Question by Laumcdow
February 20, 1998
We would like to try growing mini pumpkins this year and train the vines to grow up a tomato-plant wire cone. Is this a good idea? Any advice on seed types? What can we do to keep the mold away?

Answer from NGA
February 20, 1998
We've grown Jack-Be-Little pumpkins on a wire tunnel so children can crawl under the vines. The vines stay up on the top and the mini-pumpkins hang down through the wires. It's great stuff if you're a little one! Mini-pumpkins require the same culture as regular sized pumpkins: lots of sunshine, plenty of water, and enough elbow room to provide good air circulation. If you're having trouble with mildew and mold on the leaves, your plants need more sunshine and better air circulation around them. Try not to get the leaves wet when you water, or try to water earlier in the day so the leaves don't remain wet overnight. Jack-Be-Little and Baby Boo are both great little pumpkin varieties.

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