From my local paper:
It was the size of a marble on June 16. At harvest, it was 923 pounds!
Tim Rosa spent all summer growing a roughly 1,000-pound pumpkin. But that was the easy part.
The hard part, he said, is getting the gigantic gourd in his pickup truck and down to Doylestown, Pa., today for Monster Pumpkin Madness, a regional pumpkin-growing contest.
"If that thing slips, the whole neighborhood’s going to be eating pumpkin pie for the next year," the 41-year-old Forks Township resident said.
Story at: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/easton/index.ssf?/base/news-2/1286597137187120.xml&coll=3
PICS AT: http://photos.lehighvalleylive.com/4424/gallery/1000_pound_pumpkin/index.html
I smell man made fertellizer and harsh chemical pest control! My best was 80lbs with no spraying. The vines are completely taken with powdery mildew now though. Been that kinda year.
That was a man on a mission, huh?
using half organic and half man made makes bigger yields than either in full dose alone,,,,at least in hay crops.
A friend of mine has giant pumpkins growing in his plot in the community garden, the one near the fence that he showed me a few weeks ago and said by his estimates from measuring it, it weighed 150 to 200 pounds, after looking at it today when I walked by there, I bet it weighs 300 or 400 pounds!
the thing with organic ferts is it usually takes 3-6 months to begin becoming available to the plant. The man made stuff is kinda like steroids and is almost instantly absorbed by the plant. Thats why the metals are an issue. =/
dehydrate the plant and give it chemical burn!
many years ago I used to grow marrows and one of the ways to increase the size, pre garden show time, was to thread wool onto a needle and pass it through the neck of the marrow. Place the end of the wool in a jar of sugar water, the wool acts as a wick and the marrow increases in size almost in front of your eyes.
You think Drew this might work with pumpkins?
Not really sure. Seems logical yet a lottle odd at the same time heheh. Might be worth a try. I doubt it would harm the pumpkin much.
Pumpkin Doug should weigh in on the subject. Seems he used to prune his so the plant would concentrate on just the one fruit, too bad we can't go back in the archives and research it, maybe I should just google it...lol