Strawberry Plains, TN
What are the pros? Easy to grow, big
What are the cons? Fruit loss rate
While the vines have easily reached 20 feet some plants have only one fruit that has grown. I planted in late April to allow maximum growing time along with the fact that pumpkins can take a while to start to rot. Right now I have two large pumpkins and finally have another 5 that have made it past the shrivel up and die phase most others have. While this does have a poor capture rate for pumpkins, I feel that if I can get a few for the kids it is still cheaper than the grocery store and its fun to grow them. I would say the larger ones are in the range of 40 pounds and still growing. I did not manipulate the vines in any way. I didn't cut back because I want maximum pumpkins. Maybe next year I will try for a large one, but honestly what am I really going to to do with an 800 pound pumpkin, especially when it comes time to get rid of it. I would recommend this to patient gardeners that have a longer growing season to allow for loss of fruit.
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