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Thursday, August 20, 2020 Gerald Watlington, UK

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Not a pretty pic of young, vibrant leaves and a glowing pumpkin, but an ugly pic of old gnarly leaves and the stump of the main vine. The older leaves die out naturally, and their nutritional value is recycled within the plant. A few years back rot had set in around the stump by this stage, so the prevention strategy now is 1 - keep the stump clear of new growth to allow air to circulate, 2 - keep stump dry with umbrella and fan, 3 - pinch off drip lines in stump area to prevent watering, 4 - rotate a selection of fungicides. So far so good and no sign of rot.

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