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    2019 Pumpkin Growers Thread
    Happy New Year to all the Halloween loving pumpkin growers. Ooojen mentioned it was time for a new thread, and what ooojen wants, she gets. Yes, I am in full seed buying mode. I am following the Giant Pumpkin seed auctions closely. Here is a link to the auction list: http://www.bigpumpkins.com/ViewArticle.asp?id=138

    I am pretty much set on growing just two plants with 750 sq ft. alloted to each plant. The only way this will work in Georgia, is if I actually build that insect exclusion structure. As the regulars know, I generally plant about 24 plants and let the vine borers decide who lives. I generally can get about 6-12 pumpkins to the finish line with a lot of SVB defensive effort.

    I have started a compost pile that is shaped like a strip of bacon (5ft x12ft). I am using mostly leaves as the base. The funny thing is that I have dragged over like 15 tarp fulls of leaves and it doesn't seem to be getting any bigger. I plan to use the compost at the end of the upcoming season in November. So this is some serious long term effort. But, I figure why buy dirt, when I can make my own to add to my clay base.

    Below are the two plants (seeds in hand) that will be my primary plants if I can get them to germinate and I am planning on 4 more pumpkins as back-ups for mishaps. I would love to see pics of what everyone else is planning for 2019.

    Plant #1: 2,152 lbs.

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    Plant#2: 1,576 lbs.


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    Skeleton Crew posted in the 2018 thread:

    "I was wondering if some of the expert growers who have contributed to this thread may be able to share the best web site locations or places to mail order pumpkin / corn seeds. I'm mainly looking to grow traditional small to medium varieties."

    If you are looking for generic seeds, I would recommend two places- Burpee Seeds and Baker seeds. Here is the link for Burpee: https://www.burpee.com/homepage?cid=...SAAEgIc5_D_BwE . Here is the link for Baker seeds: https://www.rareseeds.com/.

    I used Burpee for three or four years and had good success and others are fond of Baker. I don't think you can wrong with some of the others like Eden, I would just stay away from Walmart and Home Depot because those seeds could have sitting around for awhile. Though, I have known people who have germinated seeds that were several years old.

    Good luck on your growing, and keep us posted at to how your plans are coming along.
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    I've bought seeds & plants on Etsy but they weren't pumpkin seeds but what I did buy were great, we just had the wettest year on record & that ruined everything but the tomatoes in my garden.

    Every year I say "I'm going to plant ONE THING in the garden, just tomatoes, just melons, just pumpkin, just ONE THING!" and then I see how many different plants there are to grow & I end up with a lot of things.
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    2019 Pumpkin Growers Thread
    Quote Originally Posted by RCIAG View Post
    Every year I say "I'm going to plant ONE THING in the garden, just tomatoes, just melons, just pumpkin, just ONE THING!" and then I see how many different plants there are to grow & I end up with a lot of things.

    Totally agree. In 2019, marrows are now a contest vegetable at most pumpkin weigh-offs. I never heard of them before, never saw one before, and yet, I have the urge to plant one. Picture of a marrow is below:

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    2019 Pumpkin Growers Thread
    Happy New Year, everyone!!

    Alright, 2019 Thread is a go! Thanks for setting it up, Col!

    As said at the end of the last thread, I decided to order some of the "Little October Pumpkin" mini pumpkin seeds that ooojen found and linked me to. https://www.botanicalinterests.com/p...-Pumpkin-Seeds They seem similar to the Wee Be Littles that I keep trying to grow and they never do well. (Can only find them in not so good seed brands). I have never ordered from this seed supplier, so we will see how it goes. A reviewer said she had a very high yield of these Little October Pumpkins just from one plant, so here's to hoping I get similar results! (My reason for wanting this type of pumpkin is that I paint them for the cemetery for my loved one's graves and a small pumpkin with a smoother surface than my JBLs is perfect.)

    I asked in the previous year's thread if anyone had ordered from that site, before, or grown Little October Pumpkins.

    As for the previous question about miniature varieties, this is what I tend to prefer to grow, especially Jack Be Littles. I like to use mostly Burpee for many of my seeds. I haven't ordered from their site, but usually buy mine from Menards with great results. The only other site I have ever ordered seeds from, besides the above, which is new, this year, to me, is Rainbow Seeds, where I get my California White Sage seeds from.

    This year, along with my JBLs, I'll be trying out the above Little Octobers and some ornamental mini gourds, which I have yet to buy seeds for.

    As I usually do, I am going to add a few pictures about male/female/hand pollnating and some links to pumpkin growing sites that are easy to understand and have lots of info and tips. I post these links, each year, for everyone to refer back to and to help out those new to pumpkin growing. Here are the pics and the links:

    Female flower: Multi center stigma, short stem, round bump under bloom (baby pumpkin)
    Male flower: single stamen, long stem, no bump.

    female-squash.jpg male-flower.jpg

    Hand pollination: Remove male flower. Pull back petals. Brush pollen onto ALL parts of female center stigma. One male can be used to pollinate, at least, two females, depending on how much pollen is on stamen if bees and such have gotten to them. Both Males and Females are only open and ready for pollinating one day, early morning. Once they close up that day, pollination needs to have occurred or the female will abort the baby pumpkin. Pollen inside males starts to decline the later in the day it gets, so pollinate early am. Make sure pollen is ready by lightly touching and seeing if orangish yellow dust comes off readily on your finger. If not, it's too early and the pollen is not yet mature. Male flowers start to show up and bloom a couple weeks or so, give or take, before females to attract pollinators to the area. (Male flowers will generally fall off after their bloom. This is normal. Females fall off after a couple days, give or take, and then you will see the baby pumpkin begin to grow (pollinated) or rot and fall off (not pollinated or underpollinated). Further info is in the link, below. I have attached a photo of the way your pumpkin fine will grow according to it's first leaves, as well.

    hand-pollinating-golden-nugget.jpg pumpkin-vine-direction.jpg


    http://www.pumpkinnook.com/growing.htm

    https://www.gardenguides.com/134166-...-pumpkins.html


    **Last year was a fun, trial year, for me, as I decided to grow seeds that I harvested from found Jarrahdale and white pumpkins just to see what I would get...it was interesting, lol...but previous years you can see my progress with growing smaller varieties, and other's progress in a whole lot of varieties, mini, gourd to giants! check out previous years threads!! I'll link some previous years threads for those who are interested or need to check back for their own posts or such:

    2018: https://www.halloweenforum.com/gener...ad-2018-a.html

    2017: https://www.halloweenforum.com/gener...kin-patch.html

    2016: https://www.halloweenforum.com/gener...kin-patch.html

    2015: https://www.halloweenforum.com/gener...ch-2015-a.html

    2014: https://www.halloweenforum.com/gener...ch-thread.html


    One other thing: I like to pre-germinate my pumpkin, squash and cucumber seeds. I use the baggie process:

    Lightly dampen some paper towels and fold in half. Place the seeds with an inch or so space (for root growth) on one side, then fold over the top of them to form a square. Place into labeled plastic baggie, but do not seal, as you need air movement to keep from mold issues. Put baggie in dark, warm location. I set mine on top of our cable box in the tv stand, lol...warm and dark! Check each day to ensure paper towel stays lightly moist and hasn't dried, and to check for germination. Once you see the seeds open and roots start to pop out, I plant, either direct sow or into seed pots.

    I like this process because I will know, for sure, which seeds will germinate and which will not before planting, saving time.


    Okay, I think that's everything, for now. Use that Pumpkinook link, above, for info on seeds, germination, fertilizing, pollinating, and many other growing topics! Anything else you want to know, ask here and one of us may have an answer or educated guess for you from past experience! check back often for everyone's new photos and conversations! Here's to a great 2019 growing season, everyone!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Col. Fryght View Post
    Skeleton Crew posted in the 2018 thread:

    "I was wondering if some of the expert growers who have contributed to this thread may be able to share the best web site locations or places to mail order pumpkin / corn seeds. I'm mainly looking to grow traditional small to medium varieties."

    If you are looking for generic seeds, I would recommend two places- Burpee Seeds and Baker seeds. Here is the link for Burpee: https://www.burpee.com/homepage?cid=...SAAEgIc5_D_BwE . Here is the link for Baker seeds: https://www.rareseeds.com/.

    I used Burpee for three or four years and had good success and others are fond of Baker. I don't think you can wrong with some of the others like Eden, I would just stay away from Walmart and Home Depot because those seeds could have sitting around for awhile. Though, I have known people who have germinated seeds that were several years old.

    Good luck on your growing, and keep us posted at to how your plans are coming along.
    I'll toss in the trio of Johnny's Seed, Territorial Seed, and RH Shumway.

    They definitely cater more to farms than home growers, but all are good sources for pumpkins.

    https://www.johnnyseeds.com/

    http://www.territorialseed.com/

    https://www.rhshumway.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Col. Fryght View Post
    In 2019, marrows are now a contest vegetable at most pumpkin weigh-offs. I never heard of them before,
    Are marrows really not a thing in the USA? Over here in the Uk, they're a fairly standard old fashioned vegetable.

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    2019 Pumpkin Growers Thread
    As for what I'm planting this year.

    Bearing in mind, I purchase 100ish basketball sized pumpkins every year, I'm shooting for contrast in my growing.

    Big Moose. My first time trying 'giant' pumpkins at the house. These average 50-125 lb, capable of 300+, but keep their shapes better than atlantic giants and tend to be squat and round. As I intend to carve the thing, the shape is appealing. Planning 3 plants.



    Early Giant. Planting for the tall shape. Planning 5 plants.



    Other decor items.

    Purple majesty Millet.



    Pumpkin on a stick

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    RCIAG, I always end up with more than I planned, too. I said I'd cut down, this year...we will see what happens, lol!

    UnOrthodOx, yeah, I have heard of Johnny Seeds, though never ordered from them, yet. (Though, maybe it was you who spoke of them, lol!)

    Lord_kobel, I have never heard of Morrows until you guys just spoke of them, here. Looking them up, I think they might be what our Zucchini are if we let them keep growing really big?? Is this correct? Anyone know?

    UnOrthodOx, I love all of your choices!! I love both big, fat, round and really tall, thinner pumpkins, so both of those types of Giants look awesome, to me. I have never heard of the Millet...it's so beautiful! Now I want to grow pumpkin on a stick, too, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WitchyKitty View Post
    I think they might be what our Zucchini are if we let them keep growing really big?? Is this correct? Anyone know?
    They're the same family as courgettes (zucchinis) but not quite the same plant.See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/digin/201...and-cour.shtml

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