Growing Pumpkins

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  1. following-Him

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    I am having a go at growing pumpkins this year. I only have the one plant and it looks healthy enough but two little pumpkins dropped off when they were about the size of a golf ball. Before they dropped off they started to get brown patches on them. I am not sure what I am doing wrong and would appreciate any help and advise.

    Many thanks

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  2. Salty

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    Call Charlie Brown, and ask him to get you in contact with the Great Pumpkin:laugh:
     
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    They may have developed some kind of fungus. It helps to put straw down when the pumpkins are first developing. Keeping them just above the wet ground keeps them cleaner.

    love,

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    A happy pumpkin is a growing pumpkin [​IMG]
     
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    Truth is your girl pumpkin is lonely.

    You need a boy pumpkin to make it happy.

    Then things will start plumping up.

    Rob
     
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    DeaconDeaconDeaconDeaconDeeeeeeeeeeeecon!!!!!

    Following-Him doesn't need lessons in the "Birds & Bees"-----she wants to know about Pumpkins

    Let this Louisiana native "Cajun" now residing in the great state of Alabama---"Heart of Dixie" assist

    Your pumpkin is gettin' too much water---if you're waterin' it---stop for a while and let the ground dry a bit---if its rainin' ---- you don't have to "help" the rain by coming around the next day with faucet water

    A fist full of Triple 13 fertilizer around the plant will help----just throw the fertilizer around the plant keeping it about a foot away from the plant stem

    I've seen the same thing happen with Squash and Watermelon

    Blackbird
     
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    True, but when I looked up the problem on Google, I discovered that one reason for it could be unpollinated fruits. Pollination certainly involves bees, though I am not sure that birds are involved. :laugh:
     
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    I would say go with blackbird's advice. I would also add putting a cup of vitamin d milk in the soil approximately a half foot around your pumpkin.

    Growing secret: Pumpkins grow larger with milk in the soil. Years ago, when in my late 20's (not the late 20's), we had a neighbor in Clifton, Va grew a 637 lb pumpkin. He said the pumpkin was given milk along with regular fertilization, and plenty of love for gardening. I have heard similar stories of pumpkin success stories as well.

    Pollinization by bees will come naturally unless pesticides prevent it.
     
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    I only planted pumpkins one time. I made the mistake of planting three 'hills'. I didn't fertilize or do anything other than water them. They took over the whole back yard. I didn't get many pumpkins because I was growing them for the pumpkin 'blossoms'. I did let 2 or 3 pumpkins develop, but most of them I picked the blossoms and sold them.

    The blossoms needed to be picked before the sun came up and they were always covered with bees.

    Nothing better than frying up a mess of pumpkin blossoms. Yummmmmmmm!
     
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    FollowingHim wrote: "I have only one plant"

    I though everyone knew to plant pumpkins in mounds with 4-6 plants.

    I'm not sure if pumpkins have male and female flowers on the same plant (I never planted just one!).
    It's way too late to plant more.

    The water and fertilizer won't hurt; it will make a healther plant and it will make more flowers. :flower:

    Female flowers have a small pumpkin at the base, the male flowers don't.
    If you can identify them, swish a finger in the male flower and then visit the female flowers.
    I'm sure you've heard about the birds and the bees... :love2:
    Well bees are in short supply this year and the plants may need your help.

    Enjoy your pumpkin ;)

    Rob
     
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    This may need to go to the private forum. rofl
     
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    Deacon is playin' a joke on ya, SFIC!!!!!:laugh: :laugh:
     
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    I don't have any more flowers on my pumpkin at the moment.:(
     
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    Pumpkins are like people,

    they tend to wander,

    give them love,

    and they will bloom.

    Rob
     
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    I knew, blackbird. It just looked funny at the minute. loll
     
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    AHA ... now that link was very useful because I can now tell you that I haven't noticed any male flowers on my pumpkin, they have all been, as far as I can recall, little girl flowers. Hmmmmmm :laugh:
     
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    Any wee Pump-lettes yet?

    They should have set by now.

    Rob
     
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    You can eat pumpkin blossoms? This I did not know! Tell us more!
     

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