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Tuesday, April 7 View Page
Greenhouses are in place. The 2020 growing season has started. Good luck to everyone this year! I hope that others have also made the decision to grow this year. Got to do what we love doing... I'm doing something a little different this year. Rather than growing 4 plants like I usually do,I'm going to do 3, give them a little more space and experiment with the diamond shape plant pattern. I'll be looking for plant size in the 1,200 square foot range.
 
Tuesday, April 7 View Page
These are the seeds I've chosen to go with this year. I started them yesterday. I also started several of my 1614's from last year in case any of these don't germinate.
 
Monday, May 4 View Page
I put in two plants last night. This is the 2294 Noel started on 4/19.
 
Monday, May 4 View Page
This is my 1614 started on 4/13
 
Monday, May 4 View Page
This is the 1450 Fifolt started on 4/1
 
Monday, May 4 View Page
View of the patch. Winter rye is getting a little out of control.
 
Monday, May 4 View Page
Long gourds will be ready to hit the dirt soon. I'm hoping I can keep them in the pots for another 2 weeks or so. It will depend on the weather and how soon they outgrow their pots.
 
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
All the hoop houses came off this weekend. This is the 2294 Noel. It was the latest one started so it's the smallest. It is currently about 3 feet or so long.
 
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
This is my 1614 from last year. Started about a week before the 2294. It is currently about 4 or 5 feet long.
 
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
This is the 1450 Fifolt. It was started a couple weeks before the other two. Currently at about 10-11 feet, just starting to kick in the side vine growth. Cut off a nice female blossom this morning at about 9 feet. Need a much bigger plant than this before it's time to set a pumpkin. Shooting for a mid June pollination on this one.
 
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
This is the flower I cut off this morning. Hope the future ones are as perfect as this one.
 
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
Last but not least, the long gourds have been in the ground for a week or so now. Starting to reach for the trellis.
 
Monday, June 15 View Page
I pollenated this 6 lobe blossom on Friday 6/12 on the 1450 at 17 feet. It's got 20 secondaries behind it so I hope it takes.
 
Friday, June 19 View Page
Pollinated another one this morning on the 1450 at 20 feet. I've got one that I pollinated last week at 17 feet that looks like it took. I'll hopefully go with the best looking one of the two.
 
Friday, June 19 View Page
This is my 1614. I had one open this morning at about 12 feet, I removed it in favor of a couple more showing that will open next week. To me the plant is still a little too small to set a pumpkin. Rather have a larger plant as long as I'm still pollinating by the last week of June.
 
Friday, June 19 View Page
The 2294 is coming along. There are a couple pumpkins showing that should be ready to go next week.
 
Friday, June 19 View Page
Long gourds are about 10 feet tall and getting close to the top of the trellis.
 
Tuesday, July 7 View Page
This is a 15 day old pumpkin pollinated on the 2294 on 6/22.
 
Tuesday, July 7 View Page
This is a 16 day old pumpkin pollinated on the 1614 on 6/21
 
Tuesday, July 7 View Page
This is a 18 day old pumpkin pollinated on the 1450 on 6/19. I ended up removing the one I had pollinated on 6/12, just didn't have a good shape to it. This one is at about 23 feet out so it's got a big plant behind it.
 
Tuesday, July 7 View Page
Close up of the 1450 pumpkin. I like the shape of this one.
 
Tuesday, July 7 View Page
The patch is filling in quickly.
 
Tuesday, July 7 View Page
Long gourd plants are growing good. No gourds started yet.
 
Tuesday, July 21 View Page
The 1450 was 30 days old on 7/19. 30 day estimated weight was 520 pounds.
 
Tuesday, July 21 View Page
The 2294 is 30 days old today. Estimated weight 535 pounds. My 1614 will be 30 days tomorrow. I'll measure that one in the morning and post a pic tomorrow.
 
Wednesday, July 22 View Page
Day 30 today on the 1614. Estimated weight 445 pounds.
 
Thursday, July 30 View Page
Yesterday was day 40 on the 1450 Fifolt pumpkin. Right around 900 pounds.
 
Thursday, July 30 View Page
Yesterday was day 40 on the 1450 Fifolt pumpkin. Right around 900 pounds.
 
Thursday, July 30 View Page
I've been pollinating several long gourds every night. Got a few started but haven't made the final selections yet. I like to try and get 4 or 5 going on each plant and then select the best ones to keep when they are 4 or 5 feet long. Usually by then you can tell which ones are growing the best.
 
Friday, July 31 View Page
Today is day 40 on the 2294 Noel pumpkin. Estimated weight 1050 pounds. 52 pounds per day average for the past 10 days.
 
Wednesday, August 12 View Page
My 1614- yesterday was 49 DAP. Estimated weight 1036 pounds.
 
Wednesday, August 12 View Page
The 1450- Yesterday was 52 DAP. Estimated weight 1145 pounds. The heat is really taking a toll on this plant.
 
Wednesday, August 12 View Page
The 2294 Noel. Yesterday was day 50. Measurements were 192 X 116 X 106 for an OTT of 414. Estimated weight 1544 pounds. 49.5 pound average for the past 10 days. It's amazing to think that a pumpkin can grow 1000 pounds in 20 days. I guess that's what makes this hobby so interesting.
 

 

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