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vine not growing edges of leaves turning yellow

Posted by shammydog (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 23, 08 at 5:05

i live in so ca. and have a basketball size pumpkin growing on our second story balcony in a 30 gallon container.
my question is: if my vine has stopped growing, and my leaves are turning yellow on the out sides of the leaves, is my plant dieing? my pumpkin is at 33 inches around,and has slowed down to a 1/8 in a day. does anybody know if it is done growing, and should i leave it on the vine till halloween? thanks for any info

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RE: vine not growing edges of leaves turning yellow

Sounds like your vine is slowing down, ripening its fruit, and getting ready for the big rest. Being in a container restricts the vine's roots' foraging ability so it's not too unusual to see your plant coming to a timely end. Leave the pumpkin on the vine until the leaves are dead. If that doesn't happen before Halloween week, pick it and carve it up anyway. If you're not eating it, it doesn't have to be completely ripe. You can leave it on the vine after the leaves are dead if you prefer since you won't be getting any hard freezes in SoCal.

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