Posted: 23/04/2012 at 09:58
Thanks for your pumpkin info. While we're on the subject, do you have any tips for people who want to go to the opposite extreme and grow giant pumpkins?
Emma, first you'll need a variety that's genetically predisposed to size. Atlantic Giant is a popular one. Then it's a matter of forcing the plant to maximise the size of the fruit. The biggest pumpkins I've seen involved restricting a plant to one single fruit - in other words, after the first fruit sets, remove any others, and nip out the growing tip of the vine. Once the fruit has set, use a fertiliser higher in potassium about once a week. You just have to be careful not to pump up the pumpkin (so to speak) to a point where it splits.