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#1 Cvans ONLINE  

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Posted September 19, 2012 - 05:16 PM

This was my first year for growing larger pumpkins. The package said large jack o'lantern pumpkins.
I had no idea what there idea of large was but I think I got my moneys worth. Ended up with 5 pumpkins like this from one seed. it was a terribly dry year so I ended up hauling a lot of water. The area behind the tractors was under water last year so I thought it would stay damp all summer. Boy was I wrong. Next year I'm going to plant more and near the well so they can be watered more frequently.
I'm wondering what your thoughts would be on standing the pumpkins on end when they are small and let them grow that way. Would they shape out better and would the vines have to be supported as the pumpkins grew? Is there a better grade of pumpkin to try raising for better shape? These are large enough in size. I'm not interested in growing record breaking pumpkins just nicely shaped ones.
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Posted September 19, 2012 - 05:21 PM

Nice crop! Ours are no where near that big.

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Posted September 19, 2012 - 05:46 PM

We got 5 pumpkins this year. Deer ate all the others. For some reason, they had a real jones for pumpkin.

Our biggest survivor is the size of your avg head.

I know zero of the science behind this, just that it does have an effect in normal water years. Take an old plastic cup and drill a bunch of 3/8 holes around the bottom half inch and a couple in the bottom. Bury the cup so the holes are about 2-3" underground. Plant your pumpkin or squash seeds around this cup and the first couple of times you water them, fill the cup with milk instead.

From then on, just fill the cup with water whenever they need it.

It speeds germination and growth and also seems to be healthier plants.
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Posted September 19, 2012 - 05:46 PM

I know nothing about them but your picture makes me want to grow them.

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Posted September 19, 2012 - 05:51 PM

fill the cup with milk instead. From then on, just fill the cup with water whenever they need it. It speeds germination and growth and also seems to be healthier plants.

I have never heard of that but I'm going to give it a try next year. Thanks.

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Posted September 19, 2012 - 06:05 PM

We got 5 pumpkins this year. Deer ate all the others. For some reason, they had a real jones for pumpkin.

Our biggest survivor is the size of your avg head.

I know zero of the science behind this, just that it does have an effect in normal water years. Take an old plastic cup and drill a bunch of 3/8 holes around the bottom half inch and a couple in the bottom. Bury the cup so the holes are about 2-3" underground. Plant your pumpkin or squash seeds around this cup and the first couple of times you water them, fill the cup with milk instead.

From then on, just fill the cup with water whenever they need it.

It speeds germination and growth and also seems to be healthier plants.


Put milk on everything! I hear if you rub milk on your bald head that hair will grow! Drink/use lots of milk! :dancingbanana: :smilewink:
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Posted September 19, 2012 - 06:24 PM

I hear if you rub milk on your bald head that hair will grow!

It doesn't work, Trust me! :rofl2:
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Posted September 19, 2012 - 06:33 PM

I grew a 685 lb pumpkin back in 2009. It was the OK state record until this year, a man in Bartlesville grew a 880 lber this year.

The way you use milk with pumpkins is as a spray on the leaves, it will keep the powdery Mildred down, that is the ONLY thing milk does for pumpkins.

As far as bigger pumpkins, try the Alantic Giant, they will grow to over 1800 lbs. the current record is 1818.5 from Canada.

I can give you more advise on growing these if you want.

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Posted September 19, 2012 - 06:50 PM

Put milk on everything! I hear if you rub milk on your bald head that hair will grow! Drink/use lots of milk! :dancingbanana: :smilewink:


Spoken like a true dairy farmer!

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Posted September 19, 2012 - 06:51 PM

I grew a 685 lb pumpkin back in 2009. It was the OK state record until this year, a man in Bartlesville grew a 880 lber this year.

The way you use milk with pumpkins is as a spray on the leaves, it will keep the powdery Mildred down, that is the ONLY thing milk does for pumpkins.

As far as bigger pumpkins, try the Alantic Giant, they will grow to over 1800 lbs. the current record is 1818.5 from Canada.

I can give you more advise on growing these if you want.


Man, that would make a lot of Pumpkin Pie!

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Posted September 19, 2012 - 07:02 PM

here is was at Republic MO weight off.


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Posted September 19, 2012 - 07:31 PM

The way you use milk with pumpkins is as a spray on the leaves, it will keep the powdery Mildred down, that is the ONLY thing milk does for pumpkins.


I've heard that too, the milk thing was a hand me down from my Grandma. And her mother before her. I did a little googling and there does seem to be some science behind this... but only diluted milk. %ages seem to vary wildly, but no higher than 50/50 milk and water for the first two waterings. Then no more.

It is (of coarse) the miracle cure all in some people's books, but from what I could find with real information is that the milk proteins soften the casing of the seed faster (the speeds germination thingy) and the calcium doesn't seem to do them any harm either as a nutrient.

The big reason given not to continue to use milk after the first one or two waterings is the sugars and acids can aid bacterial growth.


...at Republic MO weight off.


Man Pat, that's one big Pumpkin. How in the heck did you load that in the truck???

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Posted September 19, 2012 - 08:01 PM

The way I do it? No. A few dozens acres later of chucking pumpkins you get sick and tired of them.
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Posted September 19, 2012 - 08:16 PM

Like this.

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Posted September 19, 2012 - 08:45 PM

And here's the next picture after loading
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For some reason I keep getting this image/saying in my head.
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