You may not be a champion pumpkin grower, but if you are, you probably have your own special methods and secrets to growing a massive pumpkin. Of course, you should start out with the right pumpkin seed, but there are a few more things you should consider if you want to grow a prize-winning pumpkin!
How to Grow an Enormous Pumpkin this Fall
- Pumpkins need plenty of sun. So, choose to plant in the sunniest place you have, but remember that pumpkins need shelter from wind and frost.
- Pumpkins love a lot of water, but you should plant them in well-drained soil. Don’t use a tractor to dig your pumpkins up, use your hands instead – pumpkin roots don’t go down very far. Fertilize the patch with about four inches of rotting cow manure. Pumpkins do best in soil that is slightly acid or nearly neutral.
Planting: When seedlings have the fourth or fifth leaf, you should put them outdoors in hills about the size of a pitcher’s mound – one plant to a hill and at least 20 feet apart.
Fertilizing: Pumpkins have male and female flowers, which appear in early July. The male flowers show up first, followed by the females. Look out for the first female flowers – their vines should be strong and well established before letting them set fruit. You may want to break off the first female on each vine and wait for the second or third, when the vines are at least ten feet long. A female will have a baby pumpkin at the base of each flower. You need a big vine to produce a big pumpkin, so in a sense you’re choosing the vine before the pumpkin. When you find a good vine, put a bag of cheesecloth over it to keep any insects out. The next morning, pick a fresh male bloom, trim off the outer petals, and rub the pollen-laden stamen in around the center of the newly opened female bloom.
If it seems like your pumpkins are experiencing a little trouble, whether it be mold or pesky bugs, natural pesticides and insecticides, like Pure 3-Way, are a perfect solution. By using this, you are ridding your pumpkins of any issues while keeping it healthy with natural ingredients.