Dying Plants?

sneed(7)July 26, 2011

I planted 3 Jack-o-Lantern pumpkin plants May 29 here in Queens, NY. They started growing 4-6 leaves. We had a week long heat wave. They are all wilting and dying and the vines are only about a foot long. Each day I water them for only about 2 minutes on a low hose setting in the morning and the evening. Is this too much or too little water for a heat wave? Why are they dying? Here is a picture.

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weirdtrev

My first thought is that they are not getting enough sun planted that close to the fence.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2011 at 3:39PM
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sneed(7)

They are in direct sunlight most of the day.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2011 at 7:06PM
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taxtax

I have planted many Jack O'Lanterns in the shade and never had a problem with them.

Are you sure they are dying, or just afraid that they look like they are dying?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 2:23AM
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terrybull

i put this on your other post.

looks like if the sun is reflecting off that white fence they are getting cooked. put something up on the fence to absorb some heat. also you could be watering too much. try watering in the morning really good and not in the evening

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 9:28AM
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sneed(7)

Let me ask this. We have had no rain in weeks except for a few short blasts. When I water the plants I stand 10 feet away and the hose is set to a wide spray. I spray them for about 45 seconds and that's it because puddles form and I heard you should stop watering when puddles form. Am I under or over watering them?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 3:10PM
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weirdtrev

I just noticed this, are they transplants? Those plants are very small for being 2 months old. Pumpkins don't transplant well. If they have more than just the seed leaves when you transplant the pumpkins will often suffer and grow slowly if at all.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 4:11PM
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sneed(7)

I bought them from Gardenworld May 29 as small plants. They were growing big but receded. Am I overwatering or underwatering? Are they starved for water or drowning?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 4:18PM
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