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Growing Pumpkins Vertically

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 07:15

That's a shame. You can, as I suggested above, nip out the growing tips of the vines to contain them. Some people even think that it produces more pumpkins. Stopping the growth of the main vines tends to encourage the growth of smaller off-shoots which - some people think - produce more pumpkins.

Problems with dwarf beans

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 11:18

I suppose the tray of water would increase humidity but you wouldn't think enough to affect the beans. Most puzzling. I can only think either a mosture problem or something in the mix.

Problems with dwarf beans

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 09:39

Are they damping off? Too much moisture? Though if you've had success before, you obviously know what you're doing.

Are you using a mix you've used before?

pinching out

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 09:36

So do I. They don't grow to the size or bulk of tomato plants, hence no need to worry about side shoots.

tiny caterpillar

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 09:29

jo, most immature (baby) caterpillars are usually close to transparent with black heads. In short, get rid of them. No caterpillar in the vicinity of tomato plants will ever have good intentions.

Growing Pumpkins Vertically

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 07:43

The only reason they wouldn't germinate is if they're sterile. Some proprietary veg - vegies created/developed by seed companies - contain seeds deliberately rendered sterile by the developer in order to stop people regrowing them, hence having to buy fresh ones each year. I doubt your pumpkin fell into this category though.

Growing Pumpkins Vertically

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 07:07
A.M wrote (see)

I've planted Pumpkin Mars seeds this year for the first time in growing pumpkins! I've been told they grow into large plants. How big are the pumpkins & How big a container or supporting canes do I need? Any help please? Thank you.

My sister's kids have grown them. They're on the small side, for pumpkins, around a couple of kilos.

All pumpkin plants can grow into monsters if you let them. You can control the size by nipping out the growing tips of the main vines when they get to 6 or 8 feet. The bigger the container the better for pumpkins, in my experience. They need plenty of moisture in summer and small containers will dry out too quickly.

Pumpkin vines can be left to trail if you have the space. Or you can grow them up a trellis or fence.

Growing Pumpkins Vertically

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 07:02

Steff, it all depends whether the pumpkin was a hybrid or heirloom variety. If heirloom, a pure variety, the seed should produce true to type if there was no cross-pollination.

If a hybrid, the result of deliberate cross-breeding between varieties, it should produce pumpkins, but not identical to the parent. Some might well look like the parent, others a bit different. By planting the seed you're on the road to unravelling the gene pool created during the original cross-breeding process. It's always fun to see what you end up with!

Shiny Blue Beetles eating rhubarb leaves

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 15:48

I get plagues of shiny metallic blue/green bettles, Shill. They savage my sage plants every year and move onto other leaves. I think they're dock leaf green beetles. Google an image of the name and see what you think.

tomato plants

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 10:37

I think it's true, Peter. Some plants need tons of care and attention, others don't. The tomato is a lot, lot sturdier than people imagine. There's an old saying - more toms are killed by overwatering and overfeeding than neglect.

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