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The 1780 Wagner pumpkin has been battling stem rot for a couple of weeks now. My theory is that this stem rot stuff happens or is made more likely when your leaf stems get cracked up and then they hold water, Rot travels up and down the vine eventually getting at the pumpkin stem too.

The pumpkin's stem is sort of like the equivalent to the watermelon growers stump. They swell up huge and sometimes can't handle all the excess water and nutrition that they are being given. From what I have seen every truly big AG does have a huge stem. So I know that I am on the right track with my growing tactics. I have been growing competition AG's for almost 15 years now. In the past two years I have seen my weights go up. I credit that to two things. More frequent watering and fertigating through my chemilizer fert injector. I used to play it safe and only water when the plant was suffering (like I treat all my other plants). Giants are mostly water and in order to grow a true giant all normal plant growing instincts need to be ignored. They have to be given excesses.

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