As you may remember, I planted pumpkin seeds late this season. Well, here we are almost a month later and this morning I saw a tiny pumpkin!
I have also noticed quiet a few flowers, and the vine is growing really well. Here are a few tips if you want to try your hand at growing your own pumpkins.
- Pumpkins need lots of water. Even though the vine needs a lot of water, try to keep the leaves dry.
- Adding mulch around your pumpkins will help keep the soil moist, and helps control weeds and pests.
- Bees are a must for pollination, so try not to use any insecticides.
- Both male and female blossoms need to be present and open for fruit. This can take time, but it will happen!
- Pumpkin vines are actually kind of delicate, so be gentle if you need to move them. Damaged vines will affect the fruit.
- Gently turn your pumpkin to encourage an even shape. Just be careful not to hurt the stem or vine.
- Help the plant focus it’s energy on the pumpkin by pinching off the fuzzy ends of each vine after a few pumpkins have formed.
I’m excited to find out if pumpkins really will be a success planted as a late (or second) crop! I’ll keep sharing the progress too.