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Anyone planting pumpkins in Arizona or other desert?

Posted by growingup 8a tucson, az (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 30, 07 at 3:08

I feel as though they are fighting for survival, but they are growing. My leaves are about 6-8 inches in diameter, and while there are a lot of vines starting to shoot, I have no flowers yet. Monsoon season is just around the corner so hopefully, temps will drop and rain will fall but until then, my plants are very pale. I've treated them with fish emulsion fertilizer and have recently added compost and new soil around them. The are watered with a soaker drip system 3 times a day, but still, as with everything in my garden, grow painstakingly slow.


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RE: Anyone planting pumpkins in Arizona or other desert?

I used to garden (8 plus years) in the high desert of Hidalgo, Mexico. The lay of the land looked a lot like your area. Most of my American varieties of squash and pumpkin struggled there. I could coax them along by using plenty of compost in their soil and faithful irrigation. The local variety of squash, called Calabaza de Castilla, however, did extremely well in those conditions. Regional adaptation is for real!

George
Tahlequah, OK


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RE: Anyone planting pumpkins in Arizona or other desert?

I LIVE IN PHOENIX ANDI PLANTED SOME IN MARCH. THEY GREW UNTIL LAST WEEK THEN FELL OFF THE VINE. BUT IT WEIGHTED 47 LBS. I AM HOPING THE VINE WILL PRODUCE ANOTHER BEFORE THE SEASON IS OVER.


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RE: Anyone planting pumpkins in Arizona or other desert?

Way to go!


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