The following are the latest pics from the pumpkin patch. The 1566 is growing very nicely and has the classic Christmas tree shape with a bit of a modification where I'm bending each of the vines back towards the stump. The 1350 has a bit of a funny pattern to it and it is about 2-3 days behind the 1566 but it is growing well too. Temperatures in the 88+ degree range over the next week will help the vines grow even faster.
Right now we are looking good for a 12 foot pollination on July 4th for the 1566. Probably a 10' pollination for the 1350 on the 6th so I'll probably wait a couple more days until I pollinate on that plant so I can get a little farther out, if the right females will appear. Official length on the mains: 1566 is 8' 10", 1350 is 7' 4".
Gave the plants some compost tea this morning along with a good watering. Later this week I'll be putting on some Happy Frog 5-8-4 fertilizer to help support flowering for pollination. The common myth that potassium or phosphorous can help flowering is a common myth. The truth is that the absence of macro nutrients can reduce flowering but hormones in the plant is what really controls flowering and not fertilizers.