Saturday, October 10, 2015

Clone/Cuttings of Pumpkin Plant that Grew a 2,008 Pounder

Today I received in the mail a clone/cutting of a plant that grew a 2,008 pound pumpkin.  The plant is a 1730 Werner that Bill Neptune grew in 2014.  Former world record holder, Nick Harp got a clone of the plant that he grew this year and then I got a cutting sent in the mail today.

I've never grown a clone before.  If you have any tips, please let me know.  I went to one of the local grow stores (an advantage of growing in Denver) and got myself educated on cloning and got some rock wool and Clone X rooting agent to help get the plant rooted.  I'll then keep the plant under the lights all winter and then plant the pumpkin plant in the spring to use as a pollinator. Cloned plants I don't think can grow big pumpkins.

I wish more growers would do this.  It is a massive advantage to know what a pollinator can grow before pollination.  We would push the genetics much farther this way if more growers would grow clones and use them as pollinators.

Here is a video of the 2008 pumpkin:

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