Last Friday night we had a light frost at the house. Interesting enough the leaves under the hail netting were partially spared but leaves that were just outside of the hail netting are all black now. On Sunday I took a measurement of the 1775 Starr pumpkin (Elbert) and this morning I took another measurement and it is still growing. I expected this pumpkin to go light even before I planted the seed and I still expect that. I'm just hoping that it will exceed the weight of my rookie year pumpkin. This pumpkin was never a fast grower but is still pushing 6lbs a day right now.
I also checked the late pollinations that I did on the 1421 plant where I pollinated each pumpkin with a cutting (clone) from the plant that grew the world-record 2,009 pound pumpkin last year. Pumpkins that have those world record genetics in them that have gone to the scale so far this year have been big. My first pollination is only 30 days old but both pumpkins are still growing. I need to get to about 45 days to assure viable seeds. However, Friday night of this week has a forecast for a hard freeze. If that is the case I'll take the pumpkins off the vine and put them in the garage for a week. I've heard that the seeds can still mature some after the pumpkins are taken off the vine.