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Questions tagged [pumpkins]

Are winter squash in the species *Cucurbita maxima* grown for food and/or decorative purposes.

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Rats! There are rats destroying my pumpkins!

I have a plot in a community garden, and this past summer I planted New England pie pumpkins. They did VERY well (I had close to 20 fruits on 4 vines), but just before I harvested them some rats moved ...
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Should I be worried about this Pumpkin plant discolouration?

Should I be worried about this Pumpkin plant discolouration? see pictures:
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pumpkins turning white and dying on the vine [closed]

My pumpkins are dying. They get to be about 5 inched around and then they turn white and die. Why?
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Why has 20% of my pumpkin plant suddenly died and how can I save it?

So I had a thriving Pumpkin plant. For about a couple of weeks the big leaves in the middle of the plant (so the oldest leaves) started to yellow and get crisply on the edges. We've had 90 to 100 ...
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Why are some of my pumpkin plants wilting, and showing what looks like stem rot?

Up to this date we have had a healthy crop of about 500 flowering pumpkin plants, however, over the last 3 days we have lost maybe 20 of them. They will simply wilt over 24hrs and then die: Closer ...
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Quickest pumpkin variety and advice on fast growth

I'm in Zone 7a, right on the edge of 7b and I had the sudden urge to grow a pumpkin. Obviously its Sep 1st and winter is coming but I'm wondering if it is possible to grow my own pumpkin (even a tiny ...
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How do I use a suggested spray for white fungus on my pumpkin plants?

I've got 3 pumpkin plants growing and they're pretty huge and producing. The white fungus is pretty bad so I'm using a suggested spray, and I hope it works. The spray is 1 tablespoon each of baking ...
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What are the black creatures on my pumpkin leaves?

My Giant Atlantic pumpkins are now 12 weeks old and I've noticed grey/black things on the underside of some of the leaves. I thought this was a growth of some sort but when touched, they move and seem ...
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Is this discoloration on a pumpkin plant stem caused by squash vine borer?

I have a big, healthy looking pumpkin plant with a dozen small pumpkins starting to bud. Today I went in and got a good look at the base of the vine and found this discoloration. Is this squash vine ...
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Why have only the female flowers bloomed in my pumpkin patch

I planted two Giant Atlantic pumpkin plants in my garden around 9 weeks or so ago. The male flowers where the first to show, many of them but haven't bloomed and are quite firm to the touch still. ...
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What is happening to my pumpkin shoot?

Please find attached picture of my pumpkin shoot. The leaves show a whitish appearance. I am growing it with vermi compost and cocopit mix. Can somebody tell what has been happening with the plant ...
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Pumpkin or something else?

This was a volunteer growing I believe from whatever was in our compost from last year. There were pumkin seeds in the compost but I don't recall composting gourds. We live in MD ic it makes any ...
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Why are my pumpkins only growing small, then dying?

My pumpkin vine is very healthy, but the pumpkins grow to about the size of a golf ball and die. I water them and they are in good soil. Why is this happening?
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Can I save a male pumpkin flower for later pollination?

I have a pumpkin that's been putting out male flowers for about 3 weeks with no females yet. I'm worried I might not have any male flowers open when the females do bloom. Can I save some male flowers ...
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Can I store pumpkin seeds that have gotten damp?

I'm rather new to gardening, and I bought some pumpkin seeds today, Queensland Blue if it matters. I planted some and was planning to keep the rest, but they all accidentally got a little wet. Will ...
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Is it possible to recycle a Jack-o'-lantern into compost?

Since pumpkins are organic material, I'm assuming it would be okay to add them to a composting pile. Is there any reason as to why pumpkins shouldn't be composted?
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Pumpkins survive and continue to produce but fruit went rotten after some development

I seeded some "atlantic giant" pumpkins in april, in a big lawn at full sun for all day long. They started to grow and to flower, and after some time they started to produce some pumpkins. They grew ...
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When trellising pumpkins, do I need to fertilise more heavily?

This year I decided to try trellising my pumpkins and am wondering about the impact this might have on the fruit, since the vines won't be putting down roots as they run. Does anyone have experience ...
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When do Big Max pumpkins start to produce?

I have a Big Max pumpkin that sprouted a little over a month ago. It's looking good and producing lots of leaves, but I haven't seen the first sign of buds anywhere. I've never done pumpkins before, ...
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Pumpkin sprout and pepper plants have holes in leaves

I have a pumpkin sprout that sprouted very nicely, but I woke up this morning and the sprout had two holes in it. The holes were yellowish and had scabbing around the outside. The pepper plant is ...
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How do you tell when pumpkins are ready to harvest?

I have several large pumpkins on a vine but am not sure when to pick them. I have heard they are similar to potatoes in that you wait till the vine starts to die before harvesting.
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Why does my pumpkin patch have only male blossoms?

I have a pumpkin patch in Illinois with 30 plants. They're all in bloom now but are only sprouting male blossoms. How do I get them to give me female blossoms? I'm worried I won't have a single ...
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Pumpkins in Florida

I planted a patch on July 4th, seedlings sprouted a couple days later. Its been fungus/disease free (I spray a baking soda organic homemade spray every 10 days). The past week we've been getting some ...
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Why do my pumpkins develop rotting black dots after harvesting?

I have bought a number of pumpkins from a gardener. I'm storing them in the basement at about 12°C (54°F). A couple of days ago, most of them started showing small, rotting black dots that grow ...
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Will an unevenly coloured (green) pumpkin ripen to a nice even orange?

My experience of cucurbits is mostly courgettes and cucumbers which a) don't matter too much about an even colour and b) don't sit so heavily on the ground. But with a pumpkin it's all about how it ...
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What is a good frugal method for providing shade to fruit-bearing vines?

What is a good and, hopefully, frugal solution for providing shade to long vines? In my case, I'm dealing with pumpkin vines on the ground. I imagine a combination of sheets and chicken wire might ...
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Why are my pumpkins dying? Is it the heat?

I'm getting plenty of flowers, and about half of them produce a tiny little pumpkin. However, after only a couple of days, the pumpkins begin to turn black and shrivel up. It is 104-degrees during ...
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How do I get rid of this white stuff on my pumpkin leaves?

The leaves on my pumpkin plants have what looks like a white mold growing on them. What is this? If it is harmful, how do I treat it?
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Is there a good technique for transplanting medium-maturity pumpkin vines?

Pumpkin vines tend to drop roots at each major leaf along the vine. I need to transplant several pumpkin vines that have dropped established roots in 5-6 spots each. For the vine below, the black ...
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If I fix some drainage for my waterlogged pumpkin, will they revive?

I've been growing pumpkins in home made growbags (old cat litter bags filled with well rotted horse manure). Obviously I have to remember to put plenty of holes in the base of the bags. One pumpkin ...
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How many squares should I use for small pumpkins and watermelon?

In my square foot garden, I have a trellis beside one edge. Am I being too ambitious to try to put a square for pumpkins, then an empty square, then a square for watermelon along the edge?
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What is a good method for extracting the earliest-viable seeds from young pumpkins?

I am in need of a good strategy to extract the earliest-possible batch of seeds from an upcoming batch of white pumpkins (I may have a few available within a month). My main uncertainty is at what ...
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Why are my courgettes enormous, and my pumpkins puny?

Typically in August/September I get vigourous courgette plants but if I don't catch and harvest the fruits quickly I end up with enormous useless marrows. At the same time my pumpkins are doing the ...
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What is a good method for rapidly cloning White Pumpkin plants?

I have six particular 40-day-old white pumpkin plants. I need to multiply these particular plants as rapidly as possible -- It's at least another month or two before I can extract viable seeds. Am I ...