Vegetables and Fruit forum: Can you ID the Pumpkin pest?

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Orange County, CA (Zone 10a)
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maxcaviar
Sep 2, 2015 11:06 AM CST
any ideas?
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Name: Jim Goodman
Northeast Louisiana
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Jim41
Oct 2, 2015 5:34 PM CST
Possibly slugs if you aren't seeing anything on it during the day. Grass hoppers will also do that kind of damage. As long as it the damage isn't any worse than that you are in good shape
Jim41
Orange County, CA (Zone 10a)
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maxcaviar
Nov 6, 2015 11:52 AM CST
interesting, i never did see any culprit whatsoever. the vine was yanked last weekend, only producing one giant pumpkin (I learned too late that I should have been hand pollinating the whole time). thanks!
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Weedwhacker
Nov 7, 2015 8:19 PM CST
Out of curiosity I have to ask -- why do you think you should have been hand pollinating?
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Orange County, CA (Zone 10a)
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maxcaviar
Nov 23, 2015 2:18 PM CST
the only ones that took off were hand pollinated. could have been ironic or causal, not sure really. from what i've seen on youtube videos, many recommend doing it that way.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 23, 2015 5:46 PM CST
Hey pumpkin growers - a quick question? My daughter grew Baby Bear pumpkins - a "pie" variety - in her garden in Salt Lake City the last two years. Last year they were delicious, sweet and tender, but this year, she says the pumpkin flesh tastes a little bitter. We used the same soil amendments, and the same fertilizer both years.

Anyone have an idea what would make pumpkins taste bitter?
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jan 3, 2016 10:13 AM CST
Not sure do you think pestcides were used. Many people don't realize that big box store seed is often treated before you get it that way the pollon kills bees when it blooms not sure why that is but it happens that's why I get untreated seed at Baker Creek
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 3, 2016 12:39 PM CST
I'm sure they were untreated seed, Alex. It always states on the seed packet if the seeds have been treated. Usually it's a fungicide that prevents the seedlings from damping off, and not anything noxious or harmful to insects.

The only pesticide my daughter used was some baking soda in a spray bottle to slow down the powdery mildew on the leaves. She used it the year before on the pumpkins that tasted good, too.

Shrug!
Elaine

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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jan 3, 2016 3:36 PM CST
Good I thought otherwise just wondering. Maybe it's the variety you growing conditions or a disease perhaps if wasn't ripe or it was just bad luck

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