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When to plant my Dill's Atlantic Giant

Posted by Cactusrequiem Zone 8 SC (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 29, 05 at 23:35

As I ask this question, Please be assured I have done my homework and I am ready to grow a Giant Pumpkin. My dilema, I want to break the current South Carolina record of 696 pounds. I don't think there is a South Carolina Pumpkin Festival (if anybody knows of one, PLEASE let me know) I would like to enter my "biggie" in the State Fair, (251 days from this posting) or at least enter it in my local fair (269 days from posting) How would I go about getting it weighed for the State Record? When should it get planted for the State Fair? I know they need 120-150 days for growing. Planting in the middle of May seems WAY too late! I would appreciate any help in this matter, If I could I would plant today, I know, only January and we WILL get more frosts. I should also add, I have a greenhouse and COULD plant today if it would help. Thank You in advance!

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RE: When to plant my Dill's Atlantic Giant

I'd probably transplant the small pumpkin plant about 130- 140 days before the fair date. Is that a frost free time for you? Here, in a cooler climate(I'd guess), I planted out in mid May, and my pumpkin was picked in late Sept. It was a very cool summer. If you get real hot weather, your pumpkin may mature significanly faster, than mine did. I wouldn't want a pumpkin that matured a significant time before weighoff, as it may not keep well in the hot summer weather, and could loose water weight.
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