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Post  Pollinator on 7/2/2012, 10:53 pm

@llama momma wrote:I read if the female looks like she is going to open then the night before cover her in a bag so you can hand pollinate and Not get cross pollinated by something else that a bee might bring to her. I had no idea about any of this stuff, what a fun learning experience.

You only have to be concerned about this IF you are wanting to save seeds and want the variety to come true. If you are not saving seeds, let the bee do her thing - and cross pollination will only make the plant more vigorous. Remember the fruit is derived entirely from the mother plant, so you won't see any effect on flavor. The seeds are a composite of mother and father, but you wouldn't see that until next year.

Actually some of my most interesting squashes have been volunteers that were cross pollinated...

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Post  llama momma on 7/3/2012, 11:09 am

Josh - The first female opened this morning so at dawn I hand pollinated plus a little later there were 5 bees on it. One way or another it looks positive. I was surprised the flower opened since it looked too small, wrapped so tight last night and still greenish.
Thanks for the info Pollinator ! This plant is from giant pumpkin stock and it's my first time trying to grow this variety, that's why the fussing over pollination. I don't want another unplanned volunteer Zumpkin like last year, what a goofy thing that was.

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Post  llama momma on 7/4/2012, 6:00 pm

Pollinated on July 3rd, and this morning I guess born on 4th of July!

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Post  Josh on 7/4/2012, 6:33 pm

Let me be the first to say CONGRATULATIONS pumpkin momma!


Now today 4 days later:


I think I'll name it Chubby Chumpkins.

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Post  llama momma on 7/4/2012, 6:59 pm

Thank you! Your Chubby Chumpkins is adorable cheers pumpkin daddy! Mine is 8 days younger than yours. I'll call her Amanda, for the town I live in. Think I'll go in alphabetical order and think of a "B" name for the next one. New development, now have 2 females on each of the 2 vines.
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Post  FamilyGardening on 7/5/2012, 12:10 am

congrats cheers LLM on *Amanda* she is so cute!

what are you feeding *Chubby Chumpkins* Josh? affraid

last year we named one of our pumpkins too!..... *Big momma* Razz and we saved seeds from her and now have 2 pumpkin plants growing in hopes of making *Big Momma* a grandma or would that make me the grandma? Shocked

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Post  llama momma on 7/5/2012, 6:27 am

Thanks Rose! Of course it would make you an official Pumpkin Grandma Very Happy
You are right about it being fun. I've never grown a pumpkin in my life. From what I'm reading this giant p. business is very risky, things can go bad very fast even putting experienced competitors out of the running. Shocked I'm going for the ride, see what little Amanda and her friends can do.

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Post  camprn on 7/5/2012, 8:25 am

Josh, looks great! What are you feeding that thing?

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Post  PeonyLover on 7/5/2012, 5:16 pm

WOW! That looks great. Are you using compost tea?

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Post  Josh on 7/5/2012, 9:56 pm

@camprn wrote:Josh, looks great! What are you feeding that thing?
@PeonyLover wrote:WOW! That looks great. Are you using compost tea?


FamilyGardening I can't wait to see your grandkids! Very Happy

PeonyLover that's a pretty good looking tomato your holding! We don't have any tomatoes in the BIG STUFF yet, better weigh it and add it to the BIG STUFF album!

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Post  FamilyGardening on 7/6/2012, 3:18 am

hey josh.....my almost 6 year old son (who insist that we say almost 6 LOL) seen your pictures of your pumpkin and would love to see pic's of *Chubby Chumpkins* leaves ......he loves pumpkins and is growing some himself Very Happy this year he is growing an amish pie heirloom pumpkin....and....we found a couple of closed flowers today Shocked

his is growing the pumpkin in a wine barrel along with 4 corn and one scarlet runner bean that he rescued from a left over seed that wasnt needed when mom planted the others....(i was going to toss it out and he had a fit and said he wanted to save it) Razz

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Post  Josh on 7/7/2012, 1:02 pm

@FamilyGardening wrote:hey josh.....my almost 6 year old son (who insist that we say almost 6 LOL) seen your pictures of your pumpkin and would love to see pic's of *Chubby Chumpkins* leaves ......he loves pumpkins and is growing some himself Very Happy this year he is growing an amish pie heirloom pumpkin....and....we found a couple of closed flowers today Shocked

his is growing the pumpkin in a wine barrel along with 4 corn and one scarlet runner bean that he rescued from a left over seed that wasnt needed when mom planted the others....(i was going to toss it out and he had a fit and said he wanted to save it) Razz

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rose and son Very Happy

Sounds like you've got a great SFGer! Here's the leaf, and the pumpkin patch, I will keep it trimmed to the size of where the straw area is.



You can see Chubby Chumpkins over on the right hand side. Tomorrow will the 4 days since I took a pic to compare to the others, so be sure to check back tomorrow and see how much it has grown in the last 4 days, it's just amazing how fast it is growing.


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Post  FamilyGardening on 7/8/2012, 2:36 am

thanks josh!!

our son said *wow!* he thought your pumpkin patch was pretty cool!! Very Happy

he is very excited.....he really wanted to grow a BIG pumpkin this year...he seen some seeds at the store.....we didnt buy those but got a pie pumpkin in stead....plus we have our other pumpkins in the back garden growing from saved seeds from last years big momma pumpkin....if i remember right she weighed in at 24 pounds....i will have to go and check to be sure.....

so hard to have a short growing season....thanks for sharing your pumpkins...he is excited to see how BIG yours and LLM pumpkins get Very Happy

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Post  Josh on 7/8/2012, 2:47 pm

@FamilyGardening wrote:thanks josh!!

our son said *wow!* he thought your pumpkin patch was pretty cool!! Very Happy

he is very excited.....he really wanted to grow a BIG pumpkin this year...he seen some seeds at the store.....we didnt buy those but got a pie pumpkin in stead....plus we have our other pumpkins in the back garden growing from saved seeds from last years big momma pumpkin....if i remember right she weighed in at 24 pounds....i will have to go and check to be sure.....

so hard to have a short growing season....thanks for sharing your pumpkins...he is excited to see how BIG yours and LLM pumpkins get Very Happy

I'm looking forward to seeing your this years pumpkins from your big momma pumpkin!!!

I've never grown any kind of pumpkin before this year. Once years ago when I was little my dad said one came up in the traditional garden, he didn't plant it, but thought a seed from an old pumpkin left over from Halloween must have sprouted. It grew several med size pumpkins he said. He tried several times to grow pumpkins in the traditional garden, but the vines would always die. He is excited about Chubby Chumpkins and how big it is doing. The actual pumpkin plants were planted in a 1 x 3 six inch deep SFG with 100% Mel's Mix.

Here is the 4 day update on Chubby Chumpkins size.

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Post  RoOsTeR on 7/8/2012, 3:06 pm

WoW! That's some pretty decent growth in 4 days Very Happy

What are you feeding Chubby Chumpkins? Oompa Loompa's? Razz


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Post  memart1 on 7/8/2012, 3:07 pm

Wow, Josh !! Tell your Mom she had better stock up on pie crust ingredients. By the time that one is ready, it will make a lot of pies! Of course there is mashed pumpkin, pumpkin soup, and loads of other things she could make. Be sure to weigh it when you harvest it, if you can!
cheers you rock rahrah

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Post  southern gardener on 7/8/2012, 4:16 pm

Hey Josh, you wanted me to update you on our pumpkins, well, it seems like our pumpkin garden has the "curse" of the bad Mel's Mix too Mad , I'm still at two leaves, and they're starting to yellow as well. We do have some growing "wild" down by the animals that are growing like crazy. We don't water, feed or anything Rolling Eyes

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Post  Goosegirl on 7/9/2012, 7:36 am

@memart1 wrote:Wow, Josh !! Tell your Mom she had better stock up on pie crust ingredients. By the time that one is ready, it will make a lot of pies! Of course there is mashed pumpkin, pumpkin soup, and loads of other things she could make. Be sure to weigh it when you harvest it, if you can!
cheers you rock rahrah

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Post  Josh on 7/11/2012, 12:16 pm

Remember that pack of super duper genetically altered seeds that Santa Clause brought me for Christmas...well you ain't gonna believe this...I've never seen one like it before....it could be a first ever here on the SFG forum....

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Post  Josh on 7/12/2012, 11:19 am

What did I do scare everyone with my big stuff (six all in one) tomato?
I grew it from a seed from a 2011 world record tomato.

Here is one of the regular single blooms


And here is a triple bloom, all on one big fat stem


Here they are after the blooms fell off


And here is a picture of one of the tomatoes growing, I don't know what the bloom looked like on this one. But just looking at the tomato I think it must have been a really large bloom.





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Post  llama momma on 7/12/2012, 11:43 am

That is creepy --- in the third picture I see 2 eyes with pupils Razz a pair of fangs, and a pointy tongue sticking out. What in the world are you doing to your plants. Razz

And your big stuff? - well I for one would love to hear you explain once and for all what goes into your compost Cool You seem to be leeps and bounds ahead of most of us. and Shocked

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Post  Dunkinjean on 7/12/2012, 4:23 pm

Ok Josh,
Are you human or ALIEN - since your Big Stuff is looking very creepy to me.....lol. affraid
I love your new ideas to make gardening more enjoyable...keep it coming....

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Post  plantoid on 7/12/2012, 5:32 pm

Looking at it almost along a 270 to 45 degrees line it looks like a green woman with a pointy nose , a Marilyn Monroe hair style and she looks like she's wearing a Maewest life preserver too. Laughing

That is a very interesting tomato Josh . Treat it with love ,care and attention , it could be a big winner be it green or ripened up .. Don't forget to save some of the seeds after you ripen it ...... Me want some Laughing

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Post  walshevak on 7/14/2012, 12:27 am

I had a bunch of blooms growing together like that on my great white beefstake. Then a windstorm knocked em off.

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Post  Josh on 7/15/2012, 5:35 pm

Chubby Chumpkins has died.... he has died from stem detachment. He weighed 54 lbs. What happened was the vine rooted in the ground on both sides of the pumpkin...as Chubby grew it steatched the vine...by it being rooted in the ground the vine would not give and pulled the stem off the pumpkin. Take caution that this doesn't happen to your big pumpkins....not all is lost..Chubby has a sister!

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