Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pollination Time!

It has been almost 11 months since I've had a pumpkin. It is finally growing time again. The picture to the right is the first pumpkin on the main for me to pollinate. At about 9 feet out it is probably not going to be my keeper, but you never know which ones will take so I will be pollinating them all. For some reason I only pollinate on days that are really hot. Tomorrow will be near 90 degrees with high winds so it must be pollination time. I'm a little early in the season for pollination. About another week from now will be perfect. Last year I pollinated my first at about this same distance on June 27th so we are running about 11 days ahead of last year.

To the right is a picture of the first pumpkin. A little mud rains from splashed from the hail storm. I like the shape of the pumpkins this plant is throwing. Looks like I'm getting the 1450 side of the genetics which is great. A touch of long in the shape with a nice sized stem. I like that!
Gave the plant some CO2 yesterday and some compost tea today.

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