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 Post subject: Severing a Pumpkin vine ??
PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:28 am 

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So one of the guys I work with is a bit of a pumpkin growwer, He grew abpout a 400 lb Atlantic Dill one last year. He says the trick to it is as soon as the vine grows and sets a blossom, wait till a very small fruit forms and then sever the vine from the main trunk, ( when the vine has set down the little roots). I never heard of this and was wondering if the concept could be carried over to my pumpkins. I'm just growing "Jack -o- Lantern " type for the kids but would be curious if anyone does this. I guess I can understand how this would work, the new vine only has to support itself and not the whole long vine.

Any thoughts folks.


PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 1:47 pm 
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That doesn't sound good to me, maybe it inhibits fruit set for a few weeks or something, which may be easier than manually pinching new fruit on lots of plants.

One of our neighbors grows giant pumpkins for competition, he pinches all but one fruit per plant, and trims all secondary runners (each plant has 3-4 main vines that are allowed to do their thing, but the vines sprouting from main vines get trimmed. I'm not sure why he removes the secondary runners, perhaps they produce more flowers and it's easier to just remove the whole runner than its flowers.

He gave us one plant about a month ago, now it's 6' across and starting to think about flowering. It's about twice as big as zucchini and regular pumpkins planted around the same time. We gave its mound about a wheelbarrow of horse manure, so with luck we'll get a whopper too.

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