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LJ

South Dakota

As the old leaves die, it leaves a large area down the main with no leaves left. Do the roots in this leafless area still take up water? The bare area seems to be getting too wet while trying to give what remains of the plant sufficient water to continue to grow the pumpkin. If I just plug the drip lines in the leafless area, will the plant get enough water?

8/28/2022 9:08:34 PM

pumpkinpal2

Syracuse, NY

I'm no expert but I'd say 'Business as Usual', Mister;
Again, no expert but when old leaves die, the nutrients are either evaporated and/or absorbed back into the plant (which Gritty had described elsewhere and I never did applaud him for opening my eyes to why leaves on trees do the same, OMG, silly me); The roots are most likely ignorant of what happens to their associated leaves but again, I dunno, but doing the OPPOSITE might have an adverse effect also; Let's not be George Costanza (Seinfeld), but others will chime in - later---eric g

8/28/2022 10:39:44 PM

So.Cal.Grower

Torrance, Ca.

A good portion of the heavy hitters turn the water on very low in the back half of the plant this time of year. Only watering at 30% and the front half of the plant getting full water.

These tests were proven through underground watering probes showing the back half of the plant this time of year doesn't take up as much water. The Patons do this if knowing that helps.:)

Good luck and give this a try next year! You'll have to set your lines horizontal to the main to achieve this.

8/29/2022 9:30:36 AM

dale

Australia eastcoastcitrus@hotmail.com

There isn't much in the way of new roots under the plant where it is aging

9/2/2022 4:26:53 AM

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