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 Post subject: World’s largest-ever fruit dominates Super Bowl of pumpkins
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:08 pm 
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Hey dkh2 This one is for you.

World’s largest-ever fruit dominates Super Bowl of pumpkin weigh-offs

http://articles.boston.com/2012-09-29/m ... field-fair

TOPSFIELD — History was made Friday in Topsfield. Ron Wallace of Greene, R.I., became the first person to grow a 1-ton pumpkin, shattering the world record at the giant pumpkin weigh-off at the Topsfield Fair. It is the largest fruit ever grown.

There had been a huge amount of buzz about ­Wallace’s pumpkin, “The Freak II,” leading into the Topsfield Fair, which is considered the Super Bowl of pumpkin weigh-offs. So when the gourd finally made it to the scale, it could not have been more exciting. The digital readout danced around the 2,000-pound mark as handlers moved it into position on the scale and removed the straps used to hoist it.

When the dust settled, the scale read 2,009 pounds, and Wallace erupted.

“Ron Wallace is back!” he yelled again and again, pounding his chest. “Ron Wallace is back! It took six years, but I’m back!”

The 2,000-pound barrier is the giant pumpkin equivalent of the four-minute mile. It was so elusive that Topsfield offered a $10,000 bonus for the first grower to break it.

Wallace’s record comes just a day after a pumpkin at the Deerfield Fair in New Hampshire moved the world record to 1,843.5 pounds.

Until recently, many considered a ton to be an ­impossibility. Some thought the structure of the pumpkin could not support the weight; others thought it simply impossible to grow 2,000 pounds in one growing season, starting from a single tiny seed. .....continues

photos at: http://www.boston.com/thingstodo/2012/0 ... t=150&cp=1


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:05 am 
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a 2009# pumpkin is an amazing feat! just 40 miles from me the 2011 record pumpkin was grown and at over 1800# it was incredible to see.


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Amazing is right. In the article it said it had an average growth rate of 1 lb an hour! How the heck to you get a pumpkin to grow 1 lb an hour?


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what is more amazing is 1# per hour = 24# per day ! woefully short. that pumpkin had to do closer to 50# per day to make 2000#


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I saw that on the web.
I am growing giant pumpkins next season and in fact have already
asked the soil analysis outfit if they do that for Giant Pumpkins
and they said " oh yes..all the time"


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 Post subject: Re: World’s largest-ever fruit dominates Super Bowl of pumpkins
PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:46 pm 
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Pumpkin Plant 6-24-2013


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Pumpkin Plant 7-4-2013



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15 days of growth
Pumpkin Plant 7-19-2013

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Are you using anything to prevent downy mildew?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:54 am 
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Skychaser wrote:
Amazing is right. In the article it said it had an average growth rate of 1 lb an hour! How the heck to you get a pumpkin to grow 1 lb an hour?



Gosh!
I'll bet you could almost hear the water running through the vine, at that rate!

...is there a dry spot under the plant each evening??? lol

:-)
rc


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deluxestogie wrote:
Are you using anything to prevent downy mildew?

Bob


Yes I got some " Mildew Cure® (formerly GC-3) – Organic Fungicide "
From JH Biotech
http://jhbiotech.com/plant-products/mildewcure-organic-fungicide/


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 Post subject: Re: World’s largest-ever fruit dominates Super Bowl of pumpkins
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7-16-2013 Pollinated female twenty feet out from the start of the vine
with three different male blooms one was loaded with pollen.

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Female Bloom 9 hours After pollination 7-16-2013

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Notice how the bloom is closing up ?
That's the sure fire sign that the pollination took.

Baby Pumpkin just starting to grow 3 days after pollination

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 Post subject: Re: World’s largest-ever fruit dominates Super Bowl of pumpkins
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The next stage is the pumpkin growing like a son o bitch
and the bloom rotting and falling off.
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One of the male blooms of the three I used.

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Today July Twenty First

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 Post subject: Re: World’s largest-ever fruit dominates Super Bowl of pumpkins
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Pretty impressive. So how big did your pumpkins get last year?
And how's your tobacco doing this year?


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 Post subject: Re: World’s largest-ever fruit dominates Super Bowl of pumpkins
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I didn't grow a Pumpkin last year.... I only have room for one crop
and that isn't very much.
The pumpkin patch will take up the entire yard before to long as it has already
grown two or three feet in all directions from the last picture of the plant.
Those Giant Pumpkin plants are huge and can go forty feet in all directions.
In a couple weeks there will be a big change


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