pumpkin vine color

filmost(8b)August 19, 2013

Hello! First timer poster here with a quick question about pumpkin vine color.

The main vine of my pumpkins has become a very dark green color. I'm not sure if this is good or bad, however I have noticed some vertical splits (run along the vine) in some areas, and it looks like the vines are becoming tougher. Can anyone shed some light on this? I am assuming they shouldn't be getting so dark. (please see pic)

Other information: I have two plants growing on trellises and planted directly into the ground, and have seen this happen to both of them.

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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

That should be fine. How the leaves look like ?
Leaves mirror the state of health of the plant and tell you what they want or dont want. .

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 1:27AM
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filmost(8b)

Thats good to know!

Leaves aren't doing too well I think. One of my plants had a really bad problem with leaf miners so I cut a lot of leaves as a prevention measure. Current leaves are light green and a little dry, I think due in the hot weather and all day exposure to sun. I do have a few yellow leaves, but usually they are damaged leaves.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 2:06AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

When was the last time you fertilized them ?

If the leave are pale green, then they might need some boost. Any all purpose fertilizer should do. Liquid type will act faster than granular. I would use it at half recommended strength, just to be safe.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 9:37AM
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filmost(8b)

I fertilized last week. I do it once a week with a liquid fertilizer @ 1/4th cap per 15L of water.

I posted in another thread about a pumpkin showing a bump rind, and someone mentioned it could be a mosaic virus, so at the moment I am not to hopeful for the health of the plants.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 9:43AM
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