My pumpkin plant got pummeled yesterday. One inch sized hail really tore the leaves up and it might have gotten the end of the vine which would be a little devastating. It is important that you grow the pumpkin on the main vine and if the end of the vine is cut then that means the vine won't grow anymore. 800 pound pumpkins have been grown on secondary lines but that is the exception.
I'm holding onto a thread of hope however. The hail might have been a blessing in disguise. According to the following study, pumpkin plants that received early season hail before fruit set actually yielded higher average weight than plants that had no hail damage. Anyone else want to rip 75% of their leaves off their plant? ;-)
I'm guessing that one of two things happened with this study. Either the early season hail damage caused more energy to be put into root growth which yielded bigger weight gains in the end or there were some other outside factors that came into play.
Haddie's plant is doing fine. Our plants are at two different sites and her plant didn't see any hail.