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The Petersen / Carlson 1,432 lb Pumpkin!

Plant Background:

This pumpkin was grown from a 1097 Beachy seed. It was germinated inside on the 3rd of May and set outside on May 5th. The plant was a very aggressive grower from the start. The pumpkin was self pollinated about 20 feet out from the stump on the main on June 30th. Very little plant was after the fruit set, almost all of it was before it. It was the third fruit on the main vine. The first two also set but had to be removed because they were to early. The pumpkin was shaded and with a white sheet.

Numbers:
Day # Measurments Estimated Weight Notes
10 27" cir -
16 60" cir -
20 85 x 55 x 54 164 lbs
26 115 X 72 X 72 364 lbs
30 130 X 80 x 80 497 lbs Peak growth from day 30 to 33 with a net gain of 153 lbs.
37 154 X 91 X 94 765 lbs
40 160 X 95 x 98 856 lbs
44 169 X 98.5 X 103 978 lbs At day 45 the split shows. Marc keeps her sealed and it continues to crack. He then caulked ahead for the next 4 days. After that, nothing is done to the blossom end.
51 179.5 X 102.5 x 107 1120 lbs
58 187.5 X 104.5 X 110 ? The Chart only went to 400 inches.
66 191 X 107 X 112 ?
Growth stays the same until day 71. We decided to take her off and weigh. The scales read 1432 lbs.
Note: All estimates are from the chart in "How-to-Grow World Class Giant Pumpkins II".

Certified scales were used that day. It was witnessed by both the Carlson and Peterson families as well as Jim Thomson and Mike Frantz.

Some Thanks:

Dan said "Marc did a wonderful job taking care of this thing while I was off wondering the country. He kept ahead of the split enabling this thing to continue. My hat is off to him for a wonderful job."

He also want on to thank his buddy in Long Island, NY who kept both he and Marc sane during the whole ride... "Scotty Armstrong is the best let me tell you". "Thanks for being there and believing that BY GOD IT COULD HAPPEN!! and you know what Scotty...YOU WERE RIGHT!!! LOL!!"

"Thanks also go to all those who helped us through some of the rough spots: Larry Checkon, Andy Wolf, ALan Nesbitt, Greg Sliwka, Mike Frantz, Rock and Shellie... just to name a few."

..."Thanks Guys! Yeah she split, BUT you know what....WE stil grew that Massive Beast and we are sure proud of it!!!"

 
Nick Carlson Posing with the Petersen/ Carlosn 1097 Beachy  fruit

Nick Carlson Posing with the Petersen/ Carlosn 1097 Beachy fruit

Side view shot

Side view shot

Bethie Take a turn hiding behind the giant!!

Bethie Take a turn hiding behind the giant!!

Final shot from afar

Final shot from afar

what will she weigh!!

what will she weigh!!

Come on baby..you can hold together!!

Come on baby..you can hold together!!

WOW!! the tough part is over!!!

WOW!! the tough part is over!!!

EASY DOES IT CARL!!!

EASY DOES IT CARL!!!

TA DA!! off we go to the scales

TA DA!! off we go to the scales

 
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