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South Dakota

Is there a preference or difference in a pumpkin resulting from a 5 lobe flower as compared to a 4 lobe flower. Is number of lobes just random or genetic?

6/17/2019 6:14:26 PM


Morgantown, WV

As far as I see, completely random, though I prefer 5 lobes. I also feel how they are positioned once your pumpkin lands affects the end shape, and will be further testing my theory this year as they get through their first week.

6/17/2019 9:22:15 PM



Lobe # is genetic.Growers picked 5 lobers for many years so theyre pretty common.I dont believe 3,4,5or 6 lobes will effect the final weight. I believe lobe # will effect the shape some.The more lobes the taller the fruit will tend to be. I seen some real long pickle shaped fruit grown on three lobers.Some great growers like 4 lobe fruit-they feel 4 lobes fruit shapes have a better chance of making it to the scale.

6/18/2019 1:19:10 AM

big moon

Bethlehem CT

This is interesting to me, a higher lobe count was once considered important for growing a giant. Not so much anymore. Who knows what other things that are generally accepted as true, will eventually change.

6/18/2019 7:06:59 AM

Orangeneck (Team HAMMER)

Eastern Pennsylvania

Hmmm if there is truth to any of that it sounds like I should look for four lobes to grow the best shaped pumpkins.

6/18/2019 11:56:33 AM

big moon

Bethlehem CT

I like the four lobers.

6/20/2019 7:15:59 PM

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