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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 30 Entries.
Sunday, April 16 View Page
Returning for the giant pumpkin fun after around 8 years.
 
Sunday, April 16 View Page
My last time growing was around 2010 and I got to around 400 lbs trying to grow in Florida. I now reside in North Carolina and have a vastly improved growing environment. Tonight I started 8 sets of seeds, all old stock from around 2009. Amazingly, the appear viable as they've been well stored and protected. Some have lineages including 1400+lbs parents. I'll get more detailed in my following posts including prep and photos.
 
Sunday, April 16 View Page
Some of what I've started. We'll see if they pop.
 
Friday, April 21 View Page
5 days and nothings popped as yet.
 
Saturday, April 22 View Page
Still nothin. Starting to think they arent viable. Might be time to request some seeds.
 
Tuesday, April 25 View Page
Out of 8 1 has popped so far. 8 days.
 
Tuesday, April 25 View Page
The Bowles, aka Sponge Bob.
 
Tuesday, April 25 View Page
From my second attempt at growing in Florida. If you live in central or south Florida, I wouldnt recommend trying to grow AG's. Absolutely crazy amount of work. Patch was 25 feet-L by 40 feet W. Plants ended up well outside the patch. On right was 893 Privitera (998 Pukos x 1068 Wallace) plant which under the brutal Florida conditions produced a close to 400lb pumpkin. On left was a 1096 Privitera. Salt levels in the well water according to Florida Dpt of AG was 900ppm, which destroyed first set of plants. Had to set up a rain catch using our old small above ground pool and rain gutters connected to pipe. Soil salt levels were still too high even after a serious leeching, which led to the pumpkins on both plants developing splits. None of those issues this time. :)
 
Wednesday, April 26 View Page
Dug up 5 of the seeds today. All rotted. Only the Bowles aka "Sponge Bob" made it. Left three in pots to give em another day or two. New seeds should be here in day or two. I'll be setting up my irrigation perhaps this weekend and getting some pics of the growing area.
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Prep is done. All thats left is to wait on the plants to be ready. Each plant mound sits on 200 lbs of manure and compost with a soil mix. Measures 30 x 40 for two plants. Little tight, but will do.
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Werner, Geddes and Steil. Will come down to two. Have another from my old stock, 8 year old seed, the only one that popped. Other half insists on me making another spot for it so we can call it the red headed step child.
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
Everyone in the ground for a week and doing fine so far. 1724 Steil, 2066 Gedde, and 823 Bowles aka "SpongeBob". The Bowles is a for the heck of it plant since the other half named it and wants it to have a chance, so its in a small patch by itself with less soil prep. Its still got plenty of food and attention to work with though.
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
Bowles Aka SpongeBob. Couple weeks older than the others. Bit spindly.
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
1724 Werner in ground a week.
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
2066 Gedde in ground a week.
 
Tuesday, May 23 View Page
The above should read 1724 Steil, not Werner. Werner is set as a backup. Heavy rains this week, tues, weds, thurs. No real plant damage except for a bit of leaf tear on the Geddes.
 
Tuesday, May 23 View Page
Geeze, photos are screwed up as well. This is the Steil.
 
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
After 2 days of heavy rains and storms, plants seem to be doing fine. Treated last weekend with fungicide and immidcloprid.
 
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
2066 Gedde. Little slow looking, but healthy.
 
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
1724 Steil. Vigorous plant.
 
Monday, May 29 View Page
Steil growing strong and looking good. The 2066 Geddes is slow and falling behind. May have to pull it and replace with the backup Werner. Below is the Steil
 
Monday, May 29 View Page
This is the Geddes. Same age as the Steil but very noticeably farther behind.
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
Been pretty standard aside from weather the last several days. We had nearly 2 weeks where bigtime winds and torrential rains moved through. Fortunately no real damage. We are no entering the truly hot season, with 90's the norm and high humidity. So far no issues with insects though I did see a single squash bug which I promptly, well, squashed. The immidicloprid seems to be working as I find dead flying insects on the leaves occasionally, and only minor chewing has taken place. The Steil is still gonzo strong, and unruly. Had to remove a couple secondaries that were taking off near the stump as they would only grow straight up and were growing like mad. The main end will bear watching as it likes to reach for the sky. The Geddes is growing well now also, but is less muscular and more amenable to guidance of its growth. Although less stout, it is gaining length slightly faster then the Steil. The Steil is at 5 1/2 feet, and the Geddes 6 feet. Secondaries are now beginning to branch off. I'm continuing to add soil amendments and will do one more tilling this weekend. Each plant receives a fish emulsion drench on weekends as well as a weak spray mix of immunox and bayer advanced. Until I see any pest or disease issues, I wont be giving them any full strength treatments with chems. Hopefully by the end of the month I'll be switching up my fertilizer to emphasize root growth. Below is the Steil. Following post is the Geddes. The ratty plastic will stay until there are solid secondaries to prevent vine twist from a wind blowover.
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
Geddes.
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
Looking like there's going to be a casualty in the pumpkin patch. While both plants have received the same care and treatment, one is showing weak leaf stalks that bend in half and collapse, a yellowing vine, and yellowing slowly creeping into the leaf stalks and leaves. No idea what it is doing it, but hopefully it doesn't strike the good plant.
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
Another photo of the sick Geddes. The vine WAS deep green.
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
Oops. Sick Geddes.
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
One more of the Geddes.
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Geddes and Steil current condition. First is the Geddes. Still weak and lackluster with easily broken leaf stalks. Has a female about ten feet out on the main, and another about 13 feet at the end. Plant is overall approx 13-14 feet.
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Steil june 21. Still vigorous and aggressive growth. Thick vine, thick stump. Female about ten feet out on main and another on a secondary about 7 feet out. Plant overall is about 13-14 feet.
 

 

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