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Saturday, June 08, 2019 G. Kins Catinthehat, WA

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Trying an idea, getting the plant to think this pumpkin is set in a good sunny location. The light is hitting the main leaves near the pumpkin but really trying to hit the tertiary vine bud coming off the pumpkin, which is (maybe?) too shaded. I don't know how the chemistry works but I believe I do know the plant would prefer to set fruit in a sunny location / abort fruit that is in total shade. I think it "knows" via calcium and auxins/gibberellans. The chemistry is just too complicated. It wouldnt really matter if the weather was consistent and favorable. Then the only issue would be water and nutrients.

Many issues here. Trying to avoid an abort... so if the plant thinks its sunny near the pumpkin, in spite of heavy rain/spring weather it may not abort. One less issue is good because its down to abort-level growth rates. Last chance.
Hanging on still... but if anything else slows it further, this one may be done.

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