Need help fast on Giant pumpkins plant

redblossom40(z8-9 sierra)July 15, 2004

Hi, Will I did it this morning. As I was turning my pumpkin, because it was getting flat on one side. Silly me thought that turning it up right would slow that process down. Anyways the pumpkin is about the size of a basketball and I cracked the vine by it. I was wonder if I wraped the vine with cloth tape would this save the pumpkin. Please help, My plant only has two pumpkins on it and if I lose this one I don't know if the plant will produce another one?

Thanks Tamara

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douglas14(z3/4 MN)

Tamara,
How big is the crack, and does it run with the vine, or across it? Is the crack between the pumpkin and the stump(Where the plant was originally put in the ground), or after the pumpkin? I'm new to growing giant pumpkins, but have learned a lot, from reading similar questions and answers(on another weebsite), that I may be able to help.

Douglas

    Bookmark   July 15, 2004 at 3:34PM
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redblossom40(z8-9 sierra)

It's about three to four inches and runs with the vine and yes it's between the pumpkin and stump. I went ahead and warped the vine with cloth tape. I hope this helps. Tamara

    Bookmark   July 15, 2004 at 5:32PM
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douglas14(z3/4 MN)

Being it runs with the vine, I'd guess it will be O.K.
I really don't know what, if any treatment is recommended for this. I don't have experience with cloth tape. If it doesn't stretch, it could cause problems if the vine is still thickening. Good luck!

Douglas

    Bookmark   July 15, 2004 at 6:49PM
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brigi85(zone 4 WI)

as long as the split doesn't go into the pumpkin's stem, it shouldn't affect the pumpkin. keep an eye on the split, and it will eventually get knarly brown looking and heal itself. don't try to turn it again!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2004 at 1:39AM
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redblossom40(z8-9 sierra)

Well the tape has worked so far, the vine hasn't die yet and the pumkin is getting bigger. thanks for the infor. Tamara

    Bookmark   July 18, 2004 at 6:14PM
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leafbrain2003a(Z 7/8)

Douglas:
Could you please tell me about this other website?
(bananasmangos@hotmail.com)

Tamara:
I would be tempted to use some sort of fungicide as to reduce the chances of losing your pumpkin. If the wound begins to callus over then you should be ok. Good luck

    Bookmark   August 3, 2004 at 3:27PM
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douglas14(z3/4 MN)

Leafbrain,
I sent you an email.

Douglas

    Bookmark   August 6, 2004 at 11:58PM
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wayne_perrier(z9 CA)

In the book "How to Grow World-Class Giant Pumpkins", they make a putty out of fungicide and fill in any stem cracks with that. I can dig out my copy and get specific product names if you wish.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2004 at 1:36PM
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Maxpower(5 MA.)

Turning?? you shouldn't TURN pumpkins.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2004 at 3:08PM
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redblossom40(z8-9 sierra)

Happy to report the pumpkin is doing great. It weight in about 80lbs so far. Very healthy looking. No, I wont be turning anymore pumpkins agian. Thanks for help Tamara

    Bookmark   August 20, 2004 at 8:10PM
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douglas14(z3/4 MN)

Good news Tamara!

Douglas

    Bookmark   August 21, 2004 at 9:44PM
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leafbrain2003a(Z 7/8)

Douglas: I never received your email.
Wayne: Please tell us about the products for making the putty. Silly me never expected to have to worry about cracked vines this year, as it is my first year growing AG. Unfortuneatly, the pumpkin is about to tear itself off of the vine.

Tamara: How is the pumpkin doing now? Has the wound "healed"?

    Bookmark   August 30, 2004 at 3:35PM
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redblossom40(z8-9 sierra)

Great Leafbrain, growing with each new day and getting bigger. Up to 80lbs so far and turning bright orange. My neice who is three came over and inspected them. She's very excited about them and can't seem to decide on which one she wants. So warping the vine with tape worked out great. Sorry to hear about you problem. I hope you are able to save the pumpkin. Tamara
Last year pumpkins

    Bookmark   August 30, 2004 at 3:54PM
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