View Full Version : [B]Oh Great Pumpkin… Where Art Thou?[/B]

Bill Behrens
07-17-2009, 09:24 AM
I started with these pumpkins back around the first of June and thought I had left enough room around them for 3 plants. Since the 4th of July the plants have tripled in size with some leafs as big as the lid on a 55 gal. Drum. During last weeks heat-wave I measured a full 12 inches of growth per day on some of the central stems. I‘ve been giving the mound about 100 gallons of my secret elixir a week and so for no bugs have bothered it. Not even a squash bug or Japanese beetle has showed up to bother them. The female flowers have started blooming but I haven’t seen any definite pregnancies yet.
My only problem is that it’s about to get “out of bounds” and as much as I hate to I think I’m going to have to start pruning the stem ends to keep it from over running our ornamentals and driveway.
If all goes well we’ll have a big, orange, blue ribbon winning entry at the fair this year.

June 9,2009

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07-17-2009, 09:38 AM
These things have taken OVER 3 rows in my garden - all melon rows so I'm just letting them do their thing, but I am the same as you - a LOT of blooms but no little pumpkins yet.

07-18-2009, 01:04 PM
Holy Crap Bill, I want to see the pumpkins that come off them things!! LOL!!

07-18-2009, 10:14 PM
I love pumpkin patches! I hope you don't have to prune yours back. I remember that great pumpkin patch close to the apple cider place on 62 E. It wasn't there last year, and I was disappointed because I had plans to get someone to take a photo or two of Don and me in the middle of it so I could make Halloween cards.

07-30-2009, 09:47 AM
Bill I have a pumpkin. It's ORANGE already. Now I'm worried about how to keep it alive and growing (not rotting) until Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving!?!? Dabee said you're the man to ask.

07-30-2009, 07:32 PM
very cute pumpkin

Bill Behrens
07-30-2009, 08:17 PM
My fear is that if it's it's turning orange already it may be damaged and is probably done growing. If that's the only one on the plant I'd cut back on the watering. You might want to get if off the ground if it's in contact with the soil to keep it from getting any rot on the underside. I can't tell how big it is from the picture but if it's around the size of a basketball a coffe can with the bottom cut out of it works well. If it's on a mulch like woodchips it should be ok. The biggest problem with it rotting would be squash bugs they like to pierce the skin and suck out the juice leaving an entry way through the skin to start them rotting. I can't divulge my secret for keeping the bugs off my pumkins for fear of the EPA coming out and taking them away. :) If you think it's done growing you can pick it now leaving as much of the stem atached to the pumkin as posible and bring it inside. If it's not damaged a dry, cool enviroment should keep it almost indefinitely or at least until Nov.
Here's a picture of one of mine. I got about 6 the size of basketballs right now and about 15 in the patch altogether. They're hard to get pictures of because the leaves are thick and lush and cover them up from the sun and sight pretty well.


08-05-2009, 08:03 AM
Thanks! I'll give the coffee can a try first. It is about the size of a basketball. I have a BUNCH of leetle beety ones growing. This one really caught me by surprise!

Bill Behrens
08-07-2009, 05:40 PM
The basket balls are now beach balls.
That's the lid to a 55 gal. barrel behind this pumkin and there's 2 more inthe patch that are keeping pace with this one. So far the vines are still in pretty good shape with no major insect damage.
With the heat we've been having I've been giving the mound about 25 to 30 gallons of water per day.
I'm guessing this one is about 50 to 60 pounds so far.
It's hard to show the size with pictures but you all are welcome to come see them if you'd like.


08-07-2009, 09:06 PM
Back in 1977 in Memphis, TN, we had a little backyard garden. We had one small space allotted for a pumpkin patch. The vine did well, but one pumpkin matured by early July. Don picked it, and we used it as a table decoration for our July 4th cook-out.



Bill Behrens
08-16-2009, 04:39 PM
Here's some updated pictures. It looks like there won't be any blue ribbons this year. I just found out that I had to be preregistered for the fair by the 1st of Aug. I'm guessing that the biggest one is now flirting with 80lbs.





08-23-2009, 08:51 AM
Wow, those are awesome Pumpkins. How much longer will they grow before you pick them??

Bill Behrens
08-23-2009, 09:31 AM
Hi Mom,
The original plan was to enter them in the fair but I didn’t get pre registered by the first of August so for now I’ll let them stay on the vine until first frost or Halloween which ever comes first. Then the day I pick them I’ll get them weighed and hope I hit the 100 lb. mark with at least one of them.

By the way Mom how did those tomato plant do for you folks? The “Health Kick” variety seems to have done the best for us. So far about 20 quarts of that variety alone have been put up for wintertime.
How are you and your kids doing? Goober enjoyed the boys’ visit and Teri loved seeing your brand new baby girl.

08-23-2009, 01:29 PM
Hey, Those plants did great!!! I'm not sure which was the best but we had tomatoes coming out our ears LOL!!! The neighbors sure do like us now!! They got plenty of tomatos and peppers, Thanks Again!! We are all doing great!! Dawson went back to school, hes a 4th grader now, and Taegen is getting big, 5 months old today. We enjoyed meeting you all as well. Thanks again so much, and I wanna see a picture of them pumpkins when they are done growing!!

Bill Behrens
09-07-2009, 07:56 PM
The great pumpkin has once again eluded me this year. I hit the scale at 85.8 lbs with the biggest one I’ve ever grown but still short of the 100lbs I was hoping for. We did get 2 of them entered in the fair and they each won a blue ribbon. I know how Linus feels but just like him I already have plans for next year on how to entice a 100 pounder into our yard.

Eureka Mom,
Next time your in the neighborhood give me a call I got a pumpkin here with Dawson’s name on it.


09-07-2009, 08:07 PM
Tell us how you get 'em so shiney, Mr. Greenjeans!

Bill Behrens
09-07-2009, 10:21 PM
Copper Sulfate and elbow grease

09-08-2009, 07:47 AM
Hey Bill, Thanks I will!!