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How to grow big pumpkins

We had been lucky to win at Half Moon Bay, California this yr. The competitors was intense with 80 entries, 10 of which had been over 1,000 kilos. The weigh-off is at all times on Columbus Day. The winner stays till the next weekend to take part within the HMB Pumpkin Competition.

Over 250,000 folks descend on the small coastal neighborhood for the parade, music, meals and enjoyable. A float for the parade was designed with a California seashore theme, full with dune buggy, surfboards and a big sand dune.

Our 1,229-pound pumpkin was atop the hill of white sand and I rode by way of the streets of HMB in a seashore chair sitting proper subsequent to the pumpkin. Additionally, the winner and his household are handled to a 2-night keep on the Ritz-Carlton Resort in HMB. The resort is surrounded by an excellent golf course and has spectacular ocean views. It’s an expertise in itself!! Additionally within the video are visits to many prime Northwest growers pumpkin patches.

It was really my fifth or sixth greatest pumpkin throughout early and mid-season. Every thing grew like gangbusters this yr and at one level I had 8 pumpkins on monitor to succeed in 1,000 kilos or extra. 5 days of intense rain in mid-August put lots of the prospects on development curves that weren’t sustainable if the pumpkin had any form of structural flaw. Sag traces, blossom splits, and stem splits took their toll.

After the first month from fruit set, my greatest prospect was on the 846 Calai, and was over 100 kilos bigger than my greatest ever at 30 days, sadly, it blossom finish cut up. My pumpkin on the 1,260 Weir then grew to become the main contender and reached an estimated 911 kilos at 45 days.

The 1,260 was on such a development curve that if I added simply the typical complete inches my pumpkins often develop after 45 days, it was headed to over 1,500 kilos. Alas, after some large rains it stem cut up into the cavity on August twelfth.

On August twenty eighth, I had one on the Bobier 723 that estimated at 1,184 kilos and was nonetheless going over 21-pounds per day when it blossom finish cut up. I weighed it on a licensed scale on September 2nd at 1,194 kilos. I had one other one at 1,127 kilos that developed a pinhole at a sag-line/rib interface that was weighed as “un-official solely” on the Puyallup Truthful on September tenth. With out the massive August rains that we rarely get, I believe a number of extra of those prospects would have made it by way of the season.

After getting ready the soil within the spring with a light-weight utility of economic fertilizer, I used our Soluble Seaweed, Soluble fish and the Biomin Calcium completely by way of the season. I additionally used the Bio-Endo Plus (endomycorrizal fungi) within the potting soil, within the planting gap and at every leaf axil on a minimum of the primary vine of every plant.


This yr, whereas the availability lasts, we are going to embrace free with every 2004 video a seed from my private greatest 1,229#, plus two extra packets of three seeds every from our different large pumpkins. This supply consists of a minimum of 7 world-class
seeds free, a price that most likely exceeds the price of the video.

Itemizing of the seeds:


The pumpkins weighed over the charts. I believe utilizing foliar sprays of soluble seaweed powder and liquid calcium assist “make ‘em heavy”.

1,229#: 380” (805 Pukos X 919 Holland) A brand new private greatest and new report for Half Moon Bay. The sunshine orange fruit went 9.6% heavy.

1,194 #: 387” (723Bobier X 1,260 Weir) this fruit was orange and 42” tall. Blossom-split on 8/28, weighed on a licensed scale on 9/2, was nonetheless rising over 21# a day. 10# over the chart.

1,127#: 364.5” (1,097 Beachy X 805 Pukos) it was yellow-orange. Developed a tiny pinhole at a sag line/rib interface on 9/10. It was weighed on a licensed scale on the Puyallup Truthful on the day of harvest. 13.8% heavy.

995#: 361” (1,134 Holland X 1,260 Weir) this was a really lengthy, large fruit with a pleasant deep orange shade. Gained 2 nd place at Central Market. 3.4% heavy.

954#-Est.: 360” (919 Holland X 1,134 Holland) This pumpkin was an extended and large orange pumpkin that cut up on a sag line on 8/21.

915#-Est.: 355” (966 Holland X 1,134 Holland) Excessive, blocky, yellow-orange fruit that developed a small cut up on 8/25 after 5 days of heavy rain.

791#: 333.5” (844 Wycoff X 919 Holland) It was harvested early for the Puyallup Truthful. It was an extended, and light-colored pumpkin. It was 4% heavy on the chart.

750 #: 321.5” (1,134 Holland X 805 Pukos) A pleasant, trouble-free pumpkin that grew on the identical plant because the 995. It was lengthy and orange and weighed 10% heavy.

717#-Est.: 327” (919 Holland X 805 Pukos) this was a excessive wheel formed orange pumpkin that cut up on 8/27 after the heavy rains.

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P.O. Field 969
Sumner, WA 98390


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