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Water-deprived pumpkins stopped growing, should I remove them?

Posted by newbie_in_spain Madrid Spain (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 30, 11 at 12:08

Hello everyone,

Several of our (currently baseball sized) pumpkins and one butternut squash stopped growing after we had to go out of town and the person who was supposed to water them didn�t do it properly. Now that we are back to watering and fertilizing them, the ends of the vines are flourishing and trying to put out new pumpkins, while the original pumpkins are just sitting there unchanged. Should I remove the non-growers to free up energy for the new pumpkin buds, or is there a chance that the stagnating fruits might spring back to life and start growing again? Also, can we eat the butternut that stopped growing, even though it is only one half to a quarter of the size of a mature butternut? Thank you.


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RE: Water-deprived pumpkins stopped growing, should I remove them

when is your summer starting or ending?


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RE: Water-deprived pumpkins stopped growing, should I remove them

Hello Terrybull,

Summer is on the wane here; the vines are drying up.


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RE: Water-deprived pumpkins stopped growing, should I remove them

Spain tends to have a warmer climate so you might get some new ones but if the vines are already drying, it's pretty unlikely that you'll have time to mature new fruit. Sadly I would suggest letting the existing ones ripen.


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