How long does it take to grow a Giant Pumpkin?
It takes one entire summer, from May until October.
What do you feed a Giant Pumpkin?
Feeding begins in the Fall of the previous year. Soil testing provides the gardener correct
information for applying lime to correct the soil pH way ahead of the spring planting season.
It can take three to twelve months for a lime application to cause the desired change in soil pH.
You should amend your garden soil with 3"-4" of cow or horse manure. Also any compost such as
leaves raked from the yard.
How much room does a Giant Pumpkin plant take?
Pumpkin plants are vigorous vines and love to sprawl. A single vine can grow as long as 30 feet,
sending out many vine shoots all along the way. Looking down from an airplane, it will appear as a
carpet of lush green leaves. Most competitive growers allow between 500 - 800 square feet per plant.
Maintaining it on the garden soil is best, however many growers let the plant spread onto the lawn
area if needed. Either way you end up with a great pumpkin!
Does it take a lot of work?
Like any vegetable or flower garden, upkeep is required. Pruning, weeding, watering and pest
control are key concerns. But how do you know if your soil is rich enough? If the spot you've
chosen for your pumpkin patch has traditionally grown lots of weeds, then it definitely has
something to offer. But is it rich enough? The question then becomes: What to add? Compost and
aged manure are often recommended. Pumpkins are considered "heavy feeders" and
do well with a little extra nourishment. After pumpkins start growing, limit pumpkins to one
or two. Be ready to adjust vine positions as pumpkins grow larger. Make sure pumpkins get as
much sun as possible.
How much water does it take?
Every garden is different. ." Between 80 to 90% of every pumpkin is water; and water is an
essential medium for bringing nourishment to the entire plant. Fortunately, the plant has a
built-in water-gathering and water-conservation system: The huge leaves are a hovering mulch,
mediating ground and sky, shading the soil, keeping it moist, and inhibiting competition from
weeds. They also are exquisitely designed to draw nourishment from the sun and guide water to the
base of the plant. The question is not whether to water pumpkins, but when and how much. A major
factor is the kind of soil in the patch. Sandy soil needs more water than soil with high deposits
of clay. In either case, the rule of thumb is: turn off the water when puddles appear; and wait till
the soil is dry on top before watering again. It is best to water the plant at the roots rather
than sprinkling from above. Overall it's like any other vegetable or flower garden.
Why are Giant Pumpkins different shapes and colors?
Pumpkins grow in many different shapes for a variety of reasons. It's all in the genetics of the
seeds. Most seeds are cross pollinated to produce offspring with increased weight, and not pretty
colors and shapes. After all most growers are competing in giant pumpkin weigh offs, not beauty
contests. Some growers do grow for color and shape. Weather is one factor, since pumpkins were
originally grown in northern
climates those are the ones we recognize as "traditional". As pumpkins moved with the
settlers to different climates throughout the United States, different species had to be developed
depending on the climate.
How do you move a Giant Pumpkin"?
HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU MOVE A GIANT PUMPKIN WITHOUT USING A LIFT??????????????????????????
You can purchase a specially designed Pumpkin Lifting blanket. Once you have rolled your pumpkin
onto the blanket you then lift the blanket with the pumpkin in it onto a padded pallet, or into
your truck. You may also want to use a large piece of foam rubber to cushion it during transport
and unloading. The blanket is equipped with custom made handles all around it for easy lifting.
You will need to have at least 1 person for each 75lbs . So invite a few friends over to help
when this time comes.
Are pumpkins vegetables?
A pumpkin is not a vegetable; it's a fruit! Pumpkins belong to the family Cucurbitaceae, which
includes cucumbers, melons, squash, and gourds. Within this family is the genus Cucurbita which
includes gourds, winter and summer squash, and all varieties of pumpkin. Most pumpkin fruits are
orange, but some are white, yellow, or other colors.
There are four species that are considered "pumpkins," but only one is the species most
people would recognize as the traditional pumpkin used for carving jack-o-lanterns. The eatable
pulp of a pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and potassium.
People cook pumpkins in various ways, especially as pumpkin pie. Pumpkin seeds, a source
of protein and iron, are a popular snack when roasted. Some farmers raise pumpkins for livestock