Return to the Gourds Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Growing an Atlantic Giant in the back yard

Posted by AndyAndy 6bMI (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 11, 05 at 12:16

I planted an Atlantic Giant in my back yard this spring. The plant has gotten quite large (about 800 square feet). I am a novice so I didn't really know what to expect. I finally have a pumpkin that seems to be growing rapidly. I would guess that it is about 10" long with a diameter of about 7". it is getting noticeably bigger every day. I know I'm not going to set any records but is it still possible to get a 2-400 pound pumpkin. At this stage of development is there anything more I can do to increase my chances. I have been watering every 2 out of 3 days. we've had very little rain here the last couple of weeks. What kind of fertalizer can I use. I live on a city block so I can't use anything to smelly. I would appreciate any suggestions. I also have what I think is a "Big Max". I would guess that weighs about 80 pounds.

thanx, Andy

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Growing an Atlantic Giant in the back yard

Alot depends on what seed you grew....shelf seed or Weeks Atlantic Giant seeds will go up to 200 or so max. Private stock have gone 1400plus. If your seed is from a known pumpkin (ex: 873Andrews04) then yes...200-400 is still possible. Watch for powdery mildew now...spray a fungiside every week and you'll have a good shot at a big'n.

RE: Growing an Atlantic Giant in the back yard

The seed is from a pumpkin I bought last year for Halloween. The pumpkin was about 600 lbs. I will get a fungicide right away. Should I add any fertalizer. I planted the plant in a spot where I had let hundres of pounds of pumpkins decompose from last fall. I have also put a great deal of rotting vegetables near the main vine root next ot it. I covered that up with a 40lb. bag of Humas/manure. I am continuosly adding old vegetables. Will this work and which spot is more important to fertalize the main stem (where the plant began which is about 5-6 inches thick or the vine roots near the plant. Thank you for your help I'm starting to get exited.

RE: Growing an Atlantic Giant in the back yard

We generally fertilize and water the whole area as the roots are extensive and should cover the soil 5 foot pat the plants (easily.) Many competition growers drench the stump area independently of the rest of the plant also. With all that new veggie matter you would probably do ok just letting it ride....I'd be careful in the future with rotting produce...rot is usually fungus ridden and fungus is NOT our friend. Well composted veggie matter is the best. If its growing well i'd just let it ride....maybe a stump drench here and there with some miracle grow or fish need to watch the fruit, watch the will tell you if its hungry.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Gourds Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here