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Wednesday, August 07, 2019 G. Kins Catinthehat, WA

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Something else I think is interesting... The 186 Radach made entirely short Cinderella shaped pumpkins this year except one, which was a longer oval, and that was on a side vine that crossed (and I think rooted) into some more mineral rich soil than the rest of the plant. So I am not convinced that pumpkin shape is entirely pre-programmed genetics.

I think the early development of the flower bud could be flipped to an alternate, possibly improved form! Yes, by the nutrient solution being absorbed by the plant.

Generally nutrients are uniform and most growers cull everything before any natural changes in nutrient availability occurs... so we don't see all the potential variation that is based on nutrients. In my dysfunctional patches I sometimes see little windows of insight which are far from proof, yet they are a hint...

Better flower development would have helped. The longer oval shape could have given more weight potential.
 



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