Saturday, July 25, 2015

Loading Up the Pumpkins

I'm going after a big pumpkin on the 1985 Miller plant.  Ada the pumpkin is growing nice, but I gave it a little nudge this evening with a foliar application of TKO.  I haven't used TKO in the past, but one of the RMGVG club members gave me some during the off season and I've wanted to try it for years, but it is kind of expensive.  TKO is a good source of potassium, but also contains phosphites that can help ward of disease.  The 1985 will be getting into its rapid growth phase so the extra potassium should help satisfy the pumpkin as it starts ringing the dinner bell.

I discovered last night that the 1985 plant has been getting under watered.  A setting on the under the leaf canopy irrigation system on that line was off so it wasn't getting nearly the water that it should have.  I'm impressed with the growth of the pumpkin on that plant knowing that.  It will be interesting to see how it does, now that it is getting more water.

The 282 female may be opening tomorrow morning.  Might finally be getting a pumpkin on that plant.   I sure hope so.  In preparation for that, in the fertigation bottle I put some calcium, RAW Full Up, RAW Humic Acid, just a little RAW Omina and RAW Yucca.  Like I previously mentioned, the goal with this is to help get calcium into the fruit in the first 10 days after pollination.

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