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25/07/2013 at 19:08

Thanks for reading my thread. I am (and do every year) growing a few varieties of pumpkins this year and yet again I only seem to get one pumpkin per plant and a ton off male flowers...Doris this normal? Do I cut the male flowers off? Or what am I doing wrong?????

25/07/2013 at 19:12

To get a big pumpkin you only have one fruit per plant.  After one female flower has set and the fruit is starting to swell, remove all other flowers so the energy all goes into the one fruit. Then feed and water a lot.

25/07/2013 at 19:53

I'm not that worried about a Big one but thanks, it is a crown prince and I thought I would get multiple fruits!

25/07/2013 at 22:24

How big is the plant so far?

25/07/2013 at 22:57

you always get lots more male flowers especialy at first. The female ones are much smaller and sometimes dont last long enough to set or there are not enough insects about to polanate them.  sometimes I give them a helping hand by fertalising by hand,check the plant every day and as soon as you see a female flower  cut a male flower that is open peel back the petals and rub it against the female. If you are wanting more than one or two pumpkins per plant  you realy must feed and water them extra well , they are the most greedy plants if they dont get enough food they will concentrate all their efforts on the one pumpkin.and stop producing more. 

26/07/2013 at 07:02

Headgardener86 quite big!!! the one pumpkin is big already will attempt a pic shortly.mollycat thank you for that I know they are greedy they are in a bed of 1 year old chicken manure mixed with home compost ( which they love!) but maybe I should get them some more feed... thnk you for your advice

26/07/2013 at 07:12

I've read that high temperatures can cause more male flowers to be produced, so as the temperatures drop (as surely they will) you'll get more female flowers.  In the meantime, rather than let the male flowers go to waste

Crown Prince is a wonderful squash - a glorious coloured flesh and great flavour, and they hold their shape when roasted - each year I buy half a dozenorganic ones from the local farm shop and store them in my frost-free garage - they last me through until the spring 

26/07/2013 at 12:40

Dovefromabove its my fave too hence growing it this year!!! So far so good although only one fruit as for cooking the flowers I already do I normally tempura them they are super yum with a sweet chilli sauce dip!!( also made from last years chilli harvest!!)

27/07/2013 at 13:05

 My pumpkin patch 

12/08/2013 at 17:38

Just to say thank you to all for our advice I now have 6 pumpkins all doing great


12/08/2013 at 18:15

 I'm growing pumpkins for the first time and they are Jack O Lantern type.

I have various fruits of different size.

Can they be harvested like courgettes ie: not letting them get massive and picking them small?

I believe the type I am growing will eventually turn orange, but can they be picked green?
Would it help if I removed some of the foilage which shades the pumpkins to aid ripening?


12/08/2013 at 19:42

Andrew the one to the right on my pic is a jack o lantern as well.. I have never harvested them early allow them to colour up otherwise the flesh inside will not be ripe so no don't treat them like courgettes. You can remove foliage I have in the past but I have to say I'm not sure it made much differance... Pumpkins are about patience think on they are normally harvested in October so they have plenty of time yet plus the leaves extend to die off and the fruit tends to ripen on the stem.... This is in my past experience any way......

13/08/2013 at 15:58

Stacey thanks for the advice. I was so close to cutting one off yesterday

07/09/2014 at 17:46

I did not cut out the growing tips of crown prince, l have 1 large fruit per plant the largest about 12-15 inches across. Can l cut them back substantially as well as taking out the males, as when any females do developed they soon die off.

I was wondering if this would enable all energy to go to any fruits that may also develop rather than into a great deal of foliage, or is it too late in the season.

The stems/storks have started to appear cracked and l read somewhere that this is the time to remove they them. Suggestion in an earlier  message says its best to leave them until October. Not sure what to do.


07/09/2014 at 17:50

Sorry l am new to this site looks like l may have added my problem in the wrong place.


07/09/2014 at 18:16

I think its a waiting game. Wait until the leaves die off of their own accord. Pinch the tips out and any new flowers as they wont have time to grow fruit now.

07/09/2014 at 20:30

Thank you l will take your advise.

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