The Q&A Archives: Big Pumpkins

Questioner's Location: Camp hill, PA
Date: January 17, 1998

Question: The 'Big Max' variety of pumpkin is touted by the seed supplier to grow to 150-200 lbs. However, we have been only able to grow one 68 lb and one 35 lb pumpkin on a single vine last year. Can you give us any growing tips?

Answer: Here are a few tricks of the trade: First, amend your soil with lots of aged manure. Then plant several seeds per hill, spacing hills several yards apart. When your plants have two or three pumpkins, choose one and remove the rest. Pinch back other vines, too, so each plant has only one vine and one pumpkin to support. That will help channel the plants energy into just one fruit. Apply gallons of water throughout the summer. When the pumpkins get to be fairly good sized, slip a piece of plywood under each to keep them from making contact with the earth and rotting from the moisture. If you have a long, hot summer, you should be able to harvest gigantic pumpkins.<br><br>For more information, check out this book: How to Grow Giant Pumpkins, by Don Langevin. Published by Annedawn Publ., P. O. Box 247, Norton, MA 02766<br>ISBN# 0-9652793-4-3<br><br>Good luck with your project!

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