Elroy's 2018 giant pumpkin growers diary

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Elroy's 2018 giant pumpkin growers diary

EMorgan
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Apr 8 2018, 02:57 AM #1

Welcome to my 2018 diary! In 2017 I had a very good year and grew 2 biggest pumpkins I had ever grown,my 1683 and a Maine state record 1756! Last year I finally got my soil right where I want it and according to my soil test results it hasnt changed much. I will be starting my seeds on the 14th this year and if weather permits I will have them out the first week in May. I will be growing my 1756 and my 1683 this year and I will decide on the next 2 seeds by next weekend. Last year I had a goal to grow 1700lbs and I did that so this year my goal will be 1900lbs! I will try to post every weekend from here on out right up to the weighoffs.
Biggest pumpkin I have ever grown and a Maine state record pumpkin 1756lbs grown in 2017!!
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Apr 23 2018, 04:02 AM #2

I changed how I germinated this year as I had a little trouble getting my seeds started the past few years so I just soaked them for 3 hours and planted them in 3 inch peat pots and put them over a heat mat. They were up in 2.5 days. One of my 1756 took about 2 extra days to germ but that one will be a back up. I am growing 2 of my 1756s and 2 of my 1683s and also growing a 1928 daletas and a 2002 tobeck. Once germinated I put them in gal pots and under lights. I have my pumpkin patch all tilled and started working on my greenhouses today! I am shooting for may 2nd to have the plants outside in the greenhouses. If my greenhouses are built and heating cables put in sooner I may put them out earlier. I will try and post next weekend!
Biggest pumpkin I have ever grown and a Maine state record pumpkin 1756lbs grown in 2017!!
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May 13 2018, 03:06 AM #3

All my pumpkin plants are doing good and 2 of 4 plants have tentrils so they are getting ready to vine out! I had a hard freeze early saturday morning but my heat lamps kept the plants around 60 degrees for most of the night. Warm temps are expected for the next few days. I have 2 long gourds under the grow lights right now, one is my 126 and the other is the 136 eaton. I hope to plant the long gourds by next weekend!
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May 21 2018, 01:50 AM #4

All 4 pumpkin plants have vines and already had to bury a couple. The 2002 tobeck has the shortest vine of 14 inches and my 1756 is the longest vine in the patch. It has a vine of 26 inches and my 1683 has a vine of 23 inches and the 1928 daletas has a vine of 20 inches. Here is a pic of the 1928 daletas in the front and my 1683 in the far back! I think I will hold off planting the long gourds for now. I will post next weekend!
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May 28 2018, 03:17 AM #5

I have the longest vines I ever had for this time of year beating my 2015th year! The shortest vine is the 2002 tobeck just an inch short of 4 feet the next longest is the 1928 daletas at 4 feet 8 inches and my 1683 at 4 feet 9 inches and my longest is my 1756 just an inch shy of 5 feet! Greenhouse sides will have to be removed soon possibly within a week and that will be the earliest ever! I have seen some cuke beetles already so I will have to spray soon! I took out all my heat lamps today as signs of frost is getting less and less in my area! I started using TKO today at a low dose and will add it throughout the season! I will post next week!
Biggest pumpkin I have ever grown and a Maine state record pumpkin 1756lbs grown in 2017!!
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Jun 4 2018, 01:45 AM #6

All pumpkin plants are growing good. Im still 1 week ahead of my 2015 diaries. The 2002 tobeck still has the shortest vine of 6 feet 7 inches, the 1928 daletas has a vine of 7 ft 8 in,my 1683 has a vine of 7ft 9 in and the longest vine in the patch is my 1756 and that has a vine of 8ft! The 1928 and the 1683 has a male blossom that will open up in the morning! The pic below is my 1756! I will post next weekend!
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Jun 11 2018, 03:21 AM #7

All the pumpkin plants had a slow growth this week because of the cool weather. The tobeck has a vine of just over 8 feet and both the 1683 and the 1928 has a vine of 9.5 feet and the longest vine is my 1756 and that has a vine closing in on 10 feet! Looks like warmer temps is coming so Im hoping those vines start growing! I will post by next week!
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Jun 18 2018, 02:57 AM #8

All pumpkins still growing! The tobeck has a vine just over 10 feet and my 1756 has a vine of 12 feet and the other 2 just shy of 12 feet. I added the rest of my soil amendments in and got my irrigation system up. Im still looking at a pollination at 15 feet so it look like that wont happen for another week and a half! I will post next weekend!
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Jun 25 2018, 02:40 AM #9

Pumpkin update.....my 1756 main vine just got to 15 feet today and Im looking at a pollination in a few days and my shortest vine is the tobeck and this one will be a later pollination since the vine is only 12.5 feet out and my other two is just under 15 feet! My long gourds is climbing my trellis now so hopfully I can get a pollination the last week in july! I will post as soon as I get my first pumpkin pollination!
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