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Anthesis Applied 48-hours Post Pollination

The cup is left on the flower and does offer a little size comparison and the pumpkin seems to be growing even from just two days ago. Anthesis was applied as a fine mist about 48-hours after pollination. Sometimes it is applied a little earlier (an hour or two) as in just at or before sunrise, to keep the water droplets on the pumpkin a little longer before it evaporates off. In contrast, if possible, the pollination process is done just after sunrise to give time for everything to warm-up as this helps with the pollen transfer. These small details of timing will not guarantee success but the intention is to offer the best odds and maximize the chance at success.

The goal is to increase the duration and the rate of cell division. This will often slow the visual expansion of the pumpkin, but as long as it stays shiny this is intended to be the keeper.

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