Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pumpkin Growth

Growth for both pumpkins has been a touch slower than expected for the last few days. Particularly for the 1161 plant. They are both still on the low end of exceptable but I was hoping for more of a ramp up at this point. I knew the leaf damage would slow things down, but I was hoping for more.

I grow my pumpkins on sand so there is good drainage under the pumpkin and so the pumpkin can slide as it grows. It's always fun to see a mound of sand on the edges of the pumpkin because then you know it was growing that day. I noticed a very slight split that had healed on the blossom end of the 1236 pumpkin yesterday in a rib. Don't like the spot it was in at all. The good news is that it seemed dry and healed so it was probably just a growing split which are not a big deal. The 1161 had some similar very minor splits on the stem. I put a touch of diluted bleach on both and will be watching them (and praying).

My web design business has been very busy for the last three weeks and it is taking a small toll on the plants. Yesterday was the first time I've spent any significant time with the plants in a week. Most of the time was spent getting sucker and tertiary vines cut out of the jungle.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

My pumpkin this year is green, growing very well but is green does that mean that it will not get very big?

Anonymous said...

Lol mine are white when they are suppose to be orange!

Jamie Johnson said...

If your pumpkin is green then either it is a squash, a field pumpkin or you have an Atlantic Giant variety that likes to throw the green color. Genetically speaking green is actually very close to orange. If you have a field pumpkin then it will turn orange come September. Otherwise it might just stay a shade of that color.

Many giant pumpkin growers like the white pumpkins. Colorado's state record pumpkin last year was white and very heavy to the charts. If it is white now then it will never be a true orange. If it is light yellow then it might turn a light orange. I don't fully understand the genetics of color in pumpkins but White is a ressive gene.