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Friday, June 15, 2018 Dave Stelts Enon Valley PA

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It's June 15th the unofficial opening to pollinating season time move to the next phase of the year. Typically we want to be pollinating 16'+ out between now & the end of the month with peak being the summer solstice, typically this will give us 9 or more side vines on each side of the plant to drive the pumpkins. This one is @ 15.5' on our 1937 Urena plant a couple things we like to do is put a piece of folded paper towel between the fruit & the leaf stalk, we don't cut the leaf off till we set the fruit as it helps shade it & the towel protects the fruit from getting scratched by the leaf stalk as it drops to the ground. Evens the smallest scratch at this size turns into large scars later in the fruits life so we do our best to protect it even at this early stage. Another thing we do is use clothes line clips to hold the flowers closed after pollinating we will remove this in the evening after the fruit has finished setting from the pollen while making it impossible for bee's to get in & cross pollinate.

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