One way of making pumpkins grow fast is to feed with water. Make a hole in the stalk of the pumpkin and insert a cotton candle wick in the hole with one end. Place the other end in a jar of water. The water will wick itself into the pumpkin. Always make sure there is water in the jar.
By Janette from Parkersburg, WV
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When you have finished with your pumpkin in the kitchen, bury the seeds in you garden. They don't take any love or care and grow fantastically. Next year you won't have to buy pumpkins!
If growing pumpkins this season, grow them in a large container filled with compost, manure and fertile soil. Once they are full grown and ready for harvest, take pics of your little ones with their pumpkins.
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Can you grow pumpkins from the seeds we have just scraped out of the pumpkin?
By village from England
Yes, let them dry and you can plant them next year! Let them dry completely before storing them in an airtight container!
If you or your neighbors grew squash, your seeds may not produce pumpkins. Instead,you may get a cross between a squash and a pumpkin. Generally, these mixtures don't taste very good. We've grown them! Toni
Years ago after Halloween we threw our jack-o-lantern into the garden, thinking nothing of it until it sprouted in the late spring. We left it alone and it produced a very large pumpkin. Not sure how heavy but we had to use the wheel barrow to haul it to the front porch to carve.
How do you tell the difference between male and female pumpkin plants?
I don't think they are different plants; I think they are like all flowers with male and female parts. Look at the blooms. The fuzzy ended stalks around the center with the dust are stamens (male) and the single one in the center is the female part (pistil) which will turn into a pumpkin. The dust from the stamens needs to get on the pistil, and nature will take care of the rest.
The female flower will start a pumpkin, the male flower will just die off. My husband is trying to grow the "1000 lb ones from Big Atlantic Dill.
How many flowers do I leave on my pumpkin vine and do I help them to fertilise using a paintbrush?
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Do you think pumpkins know we want to carve them up? These three look like they did and wanted to escape from my garden! Ha ha ha.
I use the square foot gardening for 3 gardens. I planted these miniature sugar pumpkins. I waited and nothing came up. I just assumed they didn't take. Two weeks ago, I started seeing small yellow fruit. I was confused. As they got bigger it was apparent that the pumpkin vines migrated to the second garden.
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My tip for growing pumpkins. I have a large drum filled with potting mixture about 1 foot from the top. I placed seeds in and the plant is growing well. All my lawn clippings go in the drum. It has a little water hole about 6 inches from the bottom.
Can you help me with my pumpkins? They grow well, but only produce male flowers, therefore no pumpkins. What am I doing wrong?
Do pumpkins still grow as they are turning orange? Thanks