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05/06/2014 at 20:54

It's our first time of growing pumpkins. I absent-mindedly dead headed a few flowers but thankfully more have grown. The plant was getting fairly large so I staked it, but it got even bigger now, and it growing to the left, do I stake to support it again? 

Any advice welcomed here's a piccy - my boys are ever so proud of it.  

 

 

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05/06/2014 at 21:42

Well done, Caral (& the boys): more staking would help steer the plant toward the sunlight. Bear in mind that the fruits (might) eventually be quite heavy & if still well off the ground will need specific support...? spare staging/ strong crates (inverted)??

05/06/2014 at 22:21

I would be inclined not to stake it but let it travel over the ground. It will take up alot of room but your pumpkins will be well supported on the ground and you can place straw underneath as they grow to keep them clean.

06/06/2014 at 07:51

Thanks so much David and Daintiness. I think space is going to be determining factor. How big does the plant grow? 

06/06/2014 at 07:57

Which type of pumpkin is it?  Do you know the variety?  There are quite a few

06/06/2014 at 10:56

If you let it trail over the ground you can try to grow it in a spiral so it takes up less space

06/06/2014 at 12:43

If it's one of the larger types it needs to be growing on the ground so that the fruits are supported otherwise the stems will tear off the plant.  Smaller ones can be grown up a frame like squashes.  

06/06/2014 at 14:04

Thanks Dove. Its called 'Magical' Just checked the label and it seems to have made its own decision, I found it on the ground.  

Great idea Fleurisa. Its curved naturally so I try and train it into a spiral shape.   

06/06/2014 at 14:18

Think your pumpkin has a mind of it's own 

06/06/2014 at 18:04

love growing pumpkins-to get perfectly shaped fruit make a tripod-a strong tripod, i use rebar and suspend the pumpkins in pantyhose-this is only worth while for jackolanterns

06/06/2014 at 19:42

Thanks David. These are hallowe'en pumpkins, I must say hanging them in tights sounds like great fun. But how would you make the tripod? what holds the legs together at the top?  

06/06/2014 at 19:50

double loops of wire-if you use rebar bend one piece into a v

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