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Optimal Conditions for Pumpkin Growth




Tara Condren, Rachael Morrison, Lexi Belardinelli, and Bridget Dick

In order to grow the largest, and the most successful pumpkin, there are many conditions that may affect the growth of your pumpkin. To grow the largest pumpkin, follow some of the tips below!

2-3 WEEKS PRIOR TO PLANTING THE PUMPKIN: (Prior to the last frost warning date)

  • use moist soil to plant your seed , with the pointy end of the seed facing downwards, (hopefully one with good genetics!) in a pot which can be kept indoors , with the soil at an 80°F temperature
  • seeds planted in cold soil will never get the chance to germinate
  • water on a daily basis

TO PREPARE YOUR GARDEN



  • begin to select an area of about 40 square feet for your pumpkin plant
  • test your pH level & adjust it to in-between 6.5-6.8 if so needed
  • get rid of all plants/weeds in order to prevent contamination further along in the pumpkin’s growth
  • AT LEAST 2 inches of manure & fertilizer should be spread across the entire square footage
    • some people prefer chicken manure
    • for fertilizer - such as an organic mix of blood meal, bone meal, and kelp

ONCE FIRST TRUE LEAVES ARE PRESENT IN PEAT POT (usually 7-10 days)



  • Tear bottom of peat pot and plant the pot into ground soil. Make sure the rim of the pot is covered with ground soil.
  • keep seeds in sunlight, whilst still protecting them from high winds
  • FOR PROTECTION : cover seedlings with row covers until flowers appear

CONSISTENT CARE



  • water each root the same amount , most appropriately in the morning so that the leaves will not be damp at nightfall
  • some farmers enjoy singing and talking to their pumpkins, just to add in that extra bit of CO2 ; loving and caring for a pumpkin may seem ridiculous now, but once you see that first true leaf grow, you will be amazed at the attachment you will feel to this large, orange, plant


SOURCES USED:
http://www.backyardgardener.com/wcgp/tips/10steps/10steps.html
http://www.howarddill.com/

http://gardenersnet.com/vegetable/pumpkin.htm