Wednesday, September 26, 2012
How to Blow Up a Pumpkin
Monday I decided to take a risk with my pumpkin to add on some final weight. On Monday evening I gave my plant about a cup of liquid seaweed (0-0-1) both as a drench and foliar, along with 1/3 cup of Big Bloom (.5-.5-.7) and a tablespoon of Sol-Po-Mag (0-0-22). On Tuesday between watering and the most rain we have seen in weeks I gave the plant got a healthy dose of water. This is a good way to slit your pumpkin open wide if you aren't careful. Particularly if you were to do that during the rapid growth stages earlier in the season. However, I did this as a calculated risk. This pumpkin has only been putting on 4-5 pounds a day at this point and it seems to be thick. A bit of a spike in growth I think it could handle and this pumpkin isn't going to break any records for me so I figured I would do a little experiment. The fertilizer was evenly spread over the whole plant so I don't have to worry about jacking up the soil. I don't expect a lot of extra growth but since potassium helps regulate water movement in the pumpkin plant it could help hydrate the pumpkin and add a few extra pounds that way.