chris_bc_adams Posts: 3
in Fruit & veg
So last Halloween I decided to save some of the pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin I’d carved with my then 4 year old daughter to plant next year.
After drying and storing seeds over winter we planted them in spring potted on and hardened off then watered and fed over summer until we ended up with 2 surviving vines with 1 pumpkin on each (one big one small).
Problem We have is the plant with the small pumpkin is still quite healthy and the pumpkin is now almost totally ripened but the one with the larger pumpkin which me and Sophie were planning on carving for Halloween is dying. All the leaves have gone brown and the vine has gone soft where it meets the roots and the softness/rot is working it’s way towards our Halloween pumpkin!
Dilemma is simpley when do I cut the stem if I want to carve for Halloween? (4 weeks)
For the healthy plant which is ripe do I cut it now or leave on the vine until just before Halloween?
For the dying plant which is not quite ripe do I leave it on the vine in till the last of the life is in the plant and it’s hopefully finished ripening or do I cut my losses and cut then stem and try and finish ripening it off in the conservatory? If I do this will it last until Halloween?
Any advice would be appreciated I’d feel like such a failure to have to buy our pumpkins from a supermarket after all the effort we put in.
Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.
Dove is correct in the cutting always make the two cuts never cut the single point.
Cut the pumpkin with the grotty vine and store dry and warm just wipe any dirt off with damp cloth then dry.
The other leave water and feed it will last to end of October if you have a frost forecast cover it with fleece or newspaper.
My first show is October 27 so I will cut the Pumpkin just 3 days before clean and dry keep in the store until needed.
This is baby in August is now about twice this size and still growing. I estimate about 100KG
"You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog