Pumpkin check in

LCaroline12August 9, 2014

How about a new check in thread since the other one is getting so long? How are your pumpkins looking?

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LCaroline12

Bad news guys... My patch has powdery mildew :( The plants are starting to die but I'm not going to treat it because my pumpkins are far enough along. They should be ready to pick after labor day.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 12:54AM
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LCaroline12

Now for the good news. Since the plants are dying I can walk around out there easier and see pumpkins better! Here's a few pictures... A jarrahdale!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 1:03AM
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LCaroline12

Large orange flat one.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 1:10AM
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LCaroline12

A birdhouse gourd!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 1:11AM
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LCaroline12

I love the coloring on this gourd!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 1:16AM
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StephanieHS(8)

Those are all so lovely! I can't wait to see a photo of your entire harvest all together :)

My patch has powdery mildew as well. I'm spraying the heck out of it and it seems like everything is still coming along fine. I learned a valuable lesson for next year - treat for mildew before you get it!! But I feel like I can still have a productive patch this year. You think?

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 11:38PM
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springtogarden(6)

Looking good! I want to move and have a huge yard so I can grow all kinds of pumpkins. I just love 'em! PM is such a pain in the butt. My winter luxury is coming along very well and I am happy to report that I finally have a baby blue hubbard taking off too. I have pics but they are a few days old and I haven't uploaded them yet.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 12:13AM
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LCaroline12

Stephanie, I think we'll both be fine despite our pm. :) I'm a little sad, but my expert friend says that most pumpkin plants usually die from some kind of disease or fungus. I'm just glad it held off until my pumpkins were established!

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 12:52AM
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springtogarden(6)

Hi Caroline, I am posting my pics here from the Winter and Baby Blue thread. The photos are a week old. When I was there last, my battery died. They are a bit bigger.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 1:11AM
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springtogarden(6)

And the BBH, for short. This guy is bigger than he appears on camera lol. It's a bit blurry too.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 1:15AM
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LCaroline12

Fingers crossed your Hubbard keeps growing.

Omigosh omigosh! I didn't have my camera when I wondered my patch this evening, but I found the most unusual pumpkin I've ever seen! First thing in the morning I'll get a picture and post it. It's huge, around 40 pounds if I had to guess and it's shaped like a regular pumpkin. But it has a green and white coloring similar to a cushaw squash. Eeekk, can't wait to show you!! I scoured the internet and can't find anything like it.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 1:51AM
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LCaroline12

Mystery solved! My friend says it's a world of color pumpkin! This is a big'un! Probably 40 pounds. There's several others that are orange and pinkish that look similar to this, but this is the only green one I've found.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 1:48PM
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StephanieHS(8)

I love LOVE the pics, guys. Can't wait till I have a Winter Luxury established and a nice big one worth writing home about! lol

I'm a little down about the PM. My patch is much less further along than everyone else's (had to replant in june due to SVBs) Anyhow, I have 5 little pumpkins established and growing but hoping for more. I'm spraying for it once a week or after heavy rain, and I have a lot of healthy green foliage.

Btw, I have one plant that must be 20 feet long with no pumpkins yet. My females keep yellowing and shriveling before they even open. What's that about? The plant is flourishing and seems healthy. It's in the same soil as the other plants that all have pumpkins, same breed even. Trying to remain optimisticâ¦.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 5:01PM
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springtogarden(6)

Thanks, Caroline :). The world of color pumpkin is so pretty!

Stephanie, I can understand why you are down. It is so hard to keep it at bay. But I think it is a good sign you have lots of green foliage. I was able to keep mine going last year after it got PM because I kept spraying. Here's hoping it works for you too!
Has it been really hot or unseasonably cold? Was it planted the same time as the others? I've read that sometimes the plant will abort the females if it is stressed but from your description, it sounds really healthy. Have you fed it lately? I really don't know. Hope it kicks in some females soon!

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 10:34PM
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LCaroline12

Stephanie, I'm sorry you're having trouble. I feel your pain with the pm. It sounds like your plants are still plenty healthy and they should finish out the season just fine. I think you've been successful because you have 5 babies and 5 pumpkins!

Can you test your soil before planting next year? Maybe something is out of whack and it can be fixed for next time.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 12:20AM
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jocoyn

Stephanie I have had that problem with the yellowing BEFORE bloom. Someone mentioned that maybe it is heat? Mine have all set new plants after a a few cooler weeks.

This is "Jack". Our one pumpkin. His vine has made it through a SVB and a pickleworm assault but he is an "only pumpkin"

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 5:09AM
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StephanieHS(8)

Hi, thanks. I've also heard it might be the heat. I live outside new orleans and it is super hot here this time of year with no cooler weather in sight :(

I sowed late. I thought it would be okay because I had enough time to get ripe pumpkins by Halloween - but I didn't consider that starting late would mean extreme heat during fruit set stage. Oh well.

I do have 5 little pumpkins out there that are set and growing but hoping for more, many many more! Every time I see promising looking females I get all excited, then I go out the next day and they're sad and yellow and shriveled. Urgh. Do you think giving extra water might help if heat is my issue?

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 2:49PM
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StephanieHS(8)

My first pumpkin coming along :)

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 2:51PM
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StephanieHS(8)

I think this is a Casper. I also have my first Polar Bear set and starting to grow. I'll post a pic if that when it's further along

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 2:54PM
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LCaroline12

Beautiful Stephanie! I can't wait to see what you end up with. Jocoyn, your "only pumpkin" is beautiful as well.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 4:28PM
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slimfatty(5)

Hello ladies!!!
i have been so busy, i have just not stopped to post, i have been reading up on the mobile device though. but here are my few updates, this first pump is a cross i am sure since it looks nothing like the others, i planted peanut shell, and fantasy Cinderellas. this guy was the first of five peanuts that was fertile and grew. it is in no way anything like the other 4 peanuts on the vines. it has the shape of the cinders. So lets call him my nutterella...he a big one too. the ones to fallow are the cinder and the other peanuts, i have only one tiny casper this year...

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 5:03PM
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slimfatty(5)

here is the peanut that creep"ed into the lawn chair...

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 5:08PM
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slimfatty(5)

Caroline, i too am sorry to hear of the problems you are having, you have such a wonderful garden spot, i wish i had your room!!! hope to have some seeds for next year...

here is my one tiny casper...

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 5:11PM
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oldgardenguy_zone6

a white volunteer

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 5:11PM
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frogged


    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 9:07PM
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LCaroline12

Frogged, what kind of pumpkin is that? Looks like it'll be a big one!

Lovely pumpkins, slim! Lol at the creeper peanut pumpkin. Looks like he has a pretty sweet set up. I should probably mention that my personal garden is only about 8x10 feet. I don't have much space at my homestead but husband is a row crop farmer, so he and his brother and dad let me plant pumpkins on part of a small field. I feel very fortunate! I'd love to own a little piece of ground for myself. Oh, the possibilities!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 11:35PM
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LCaroline12

I like this one! I'm confused and delighted at the same time because I sure didn't save seed from anything that looked like this!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 11:46PM
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LCaroline12

Or this!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 11:49PM
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LCaroline12

Red warty thing!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 11:53PM
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LCaroline12

An updated picture of my peanut pumpkin. There's two others in the patch that I've seen but this one has the most peanuts.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 11:57PM
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LCaroline12

Last one, I promise! I've posted this one before but it's much bigger now.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 12:00AM
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LCaroline12

I can't believe how quickly my plants are dying! It's considerably worse every day. I know the big pumpkins will be fine but makes me sad for all the newcoming pumpkins that'll never mature. Like Stephanie said, next year I'm going to be proactive!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 9:52AM
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frogged

LCaroline12- I think it is Prize winner, the other possibility is Dills giant. Planted both seed- 4 spots and only got one plant but it is doing really well. Really happy I will get a nice sized pumpkin and a few smaller ones from it. Iam amazed at how tall the plant is in the second pick you can see a pumpkin hanging in midair. I do not believe any one around me is growing pumpkins, so I think and that these pumpkins will produce true seed for next year. I am hoping anyway. Frogged Forgot to say how cool your warty pumpkin is :)

This post was edited by frogged on Wed, Aug 13, 14 at 13:54

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 1:52PM
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mushibu10(zone 8 (UK))

oh wow, nice pumps and gourds! I thought I'd share mine.
seeds was sold as giant variety of unknown. it's a month old, and would you agree it's not ripe yet?

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 2:33PM
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slimfatty(5)

hey hey Cariline, please tell me when do the peanuts start to form on the pumpkins?? mine are getting dark orange but no peanuts yet??? i do have at least 6 maybe 7 weeks left of the season here i left my pumps out intil oct 20th last year...

here is my little white casper, he is about the size of a soft ball..

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 4:42PM
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ccabal(7)

Wow everyone, great pictures!

Stephanie, yeah I think its the heat. I am in Dallas area, and here its super hot as well, and I remember this time of year the vines getting huge, but almost no fruit set. Has it been in the 90's there the past few weeks?
I think once Sept rolls along, you should start getting more fruit setting. August is just too hot.

BTW, my Cindarella (Rouge vif d'Etampes) seedling (if I can call them that!) are getting pretty big now. They have about 4 or 5 true leaves now. They are very soon about to outgrow the tulle netting I have over them, so I'll have to put a bigger cover on them soon. The SVB and squash bugs are bad, real bad now, so I am keeping them covered as long as I can.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 4:47PM
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slimfatty(5)

hi there guys...hey caroline what kind of pump is this one of yours??? it looks much like my rouge pump, thanks so much???
slim..

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 5:15PM
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LCaroline12

Slim, it seems like it took forever for the peanuts to come, but once they started they came quickly.

And I guess that's a Cinderella pumpkin, although my Cinderella from which I saved seed looked nothing like this. It was bright solid orange with no stripes. I googled "hundredweight pumpkins" today and they looked just like this, but that isn't possible. So this is what your Cinderella pumpkins look like?

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 8:44PM
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LCaroline12

Slim, it seems like it took forever for the peanuts to come, but once they started they came quickly.

And I guess that's a Cinderella pumpkin, although my Cinderella from which I saved seed looked nothing like this. It was bright solid orange with no stripes. I googled "hundredweight pumpkins" today and they looked just like this, but that isn't possible. So this is what your Cinderella pumpkins look like?

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 8:45PM
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slimfatty(5)

my cinderallas look like this...i planted two fantasy cinders and two peanuts....in my little patch. from my largest peanut plant, that took over i may say, that was the first fruit, the one that looks like yours, that ferted and grew. the rest look totally different, and the oddball is huge!!! the 4 other peanuts have not gotten peanuts yet and look so very different...so i guess it will have to be a wait and see. with the vast amount of bees and all the gardens in my area, maybe i have a hybrid mongrel ha ha.....and BTW the scratches sre from a bunny that has been eating on my fruits!!!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 9:05PM
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LCaroline12

WAIT... Aren't peanuts and Cinderellas both in the maxima family? Meaning they can cross with each other? It sounds like we both have a Cinderella/peanut cross pumpkin. Let's just say we solved that mystery! :)

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 1:23AM
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slimfatty(5)

yep...that is what i had figured too...we can call them nutter-ellas ha ha

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 8:59AM
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LCaroline12

WAIT... Aren't peanuts and Cinderellas both in the maxima family? Meaning they can cross with each other? It sounds like we both have a Cinderella/peanut cross pumpkin. Let's just say we solved that mystery! :)

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 10:16AM
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LCaroline12

Thanks for helping me figure out what crossed to make that. The whole patch is a mystery so my disclaimer when we trade seeds is... I don't know what any of my pumpkins are!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:33AM
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LCaroline12

Thanks for helping me figure out what crossed to make that. The whole patch is a mystery so my disclaimer when we trade seeds is... I don't know what any of my pumpkins are!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:34AM
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socks

Here's a Cinderella. The vine grew up through the hedge, so a pumpkin is on top. I hope it doesn't fall.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 1:33PM
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LCaroline12

Wowza look at this crazy one!!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:04PM
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LCaroline12

This one is unusual. Looks like a cross between a cushaw and a tan pumpkin!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:10PM
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LCaroline12

Watermelon squash??? :)

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:14PM
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slimfatty(5)

WOW some freeky squash you have there!!!! It seems that my nutter-ella has started getting it's peanuts...how is yours Caroline...? i also founds two knuckleheads way in back flowering this morn, i pollinated one with a Casper wonder if it will grow??? how is it all going with the rest of you guys?? anyone have blue moon's???

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 4:20PM
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LCaroline12

Slim, my nuterellas don't have any peanuts... yet! They just seem to grow and grow. I swear one of them is 50 pounds or bigger! My patch is about 25% completely dead and the rest will surely follow shortly. It's nice because I can see everything out there now!

I don't have any blue moon pumpkins but there are a couple jarrahdales out there!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 4:41PM
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PunkGardner(9)

I am a little saddened to find out that the seeds I pulled out of a pumpkin are not purebreds. At least that yellow guy growing doesn't look like he will be a pumpkin.
Other than that, very excited for the plants to start filling in.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 5:02PM
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PunkGardner(9)

Here is the rest of the patch.

PS. how do you post two pics in one post???

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 5:06PM
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LCaroline12

Your plants look really healthy, punk! Fingers crossed for lots of pumpkins. To post multiple pictures in one thread, you have to upload them to tinypic, then copy the location in the message. There's a sticky note with good directions somewhere on here.

Here's my patch with powdery mildew. Oh well, it'll be easier to pick if the plants are dead. :)

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 1:33AM
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Peter1142(Zone 6b)

Small sugar pumpkins on a dying vine.. got 8 if they all make it ok, not bad! A few may have to ripen a bit off the vine at this rate, but they are all turning orange in varying stages.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 1:47PM
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Peter1142(Zone 6b)

Small sugar pumpkin

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 2:03PM
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LCaroline12

Nice looking pumpkins, peter! All in all I'd say a good crop.

More bad news for LCaroline's patch! Spots like these are now covering some of my pumpkins. Look like I'll be picking soon. It could be bacterial spot, in which case I won't save seed from these. :( We've had a lot of rain followed by cloudy days and I think it's causing the disease to run rampant.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 2:01PM
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slimfatty(5)

oh my caroline, looks like a black mildew like what sheetrock gets wet and can't dry well. can you pick them and wash them, and let them dry and ripen in the house?? you can send some rain over this way...
slim

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 3:37PM
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StephanieHS(8)

Finally I have a little Polar Bear coming along & growing fast! I had another set further back on vine but it shriveled and died, so I'm super glad to see this guy doing well :)

Question: there's another female about 3-4 ft past this pumpkin that looks close to opening. Should I remove it to give this one a better chance if developing? Or let it be and trust that my plant knows what it can handle?

Sorry to see those black spots, Caroline, let us know how it turns out. I swear pumpkins are the easiest AND hardest things to grow - they are afflicted by some of craziest bugs and diseases ever! Urgh

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 8:56AM
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Peter1142(Zone 6b)

Thanks.. I hope I get them all before the deer do! As you can see the plants escaped the garden...

No idea what that is Caroline... is it getting any worse? I had a borer in one acorn squash and some kind of beetle in a butternut, but they were very superficial and the rest of the squash was fine, luckily... looked muchworse than it was.

How big are polar bear pumpkins? If they aren't too big I think it will be fine.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 1:16PM
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StephanieHS(8)

They're pretty big, 30 lbs or so I think. Caroline didn't you grow one? How big was it?

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 2:16PM
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LCaroline12

My polar bear was 36 pounds, but they can get bigger! I harvested mine early :)

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 2:58PM
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Peter1142(Zone 6b)

Oh, well I would guess if you want a pumpkin that big best to limit them :)

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 3:05PM
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Pd0xGard_

Have harvested 4 already, with 4 more growing (off of 4 vines), and this one that certainly looks to be the biggest of the patch so far...

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 8:49AM
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slimfatty(5)

very nice pumps...i just love to see them grow don't you???

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 1:00PM
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