Growing Pumpkins Vertically

OodieOodie Posts: 1


I grew giant pumkins this year which were very successful.  However, I want to save a little space go for a smaller variety and try to grow them up a trellis/poles.  I remember Monty doing it earlier this year but can't remember the suggested variety he used.  Can anyone help please?

Many thanks



  • Funny you should ask as I organise the Autumn Pumpkin Festival in Southampton. I would suggest the green Rolet/Little Gem as they don't grow bigger than a cricket ball and the trellis can take the weight. Jack be little and other smaller varieties like harlequin would be fine and you could always make them a bit of a sling from old tights to support their weight if they get too heavy (actually put them inside it to mature). Some butternuts would also do well if supported.  If you are in the Southampton area you should pop along to our festival which attracts over 8,000 visitors and hundreds of pumpkins squashes and scarecrows Its on Sat 13th Oct in 2012.   image

  • Hello Sonja,

    Thanks for your pumpkin info. While we're on the subject, do you have any tips for people who want to go to the opposite extreme and grow giant pumpkins?

    Emma. team

  • MagicHMagicH Posts: 11

    I started my squashes off last week, and I always grow up! The varieties I use are Uchiki Kuri and Hunter (Butternut). My neighbor grew a variety called Mars, and he grew his in an old tin bath up thick blackthorn sticks! I used three myself as lanterns on All Hallows Eve.

  • Im growing an Atlantic Giant this year, this is the 2nd year that Ive have grown this variety, last year was unsuccessful. I have added loads os organic manure this year so will keep you posted.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,673

    I always grow my pumpkins up a support.  We've made a boundary fence between our veggie plot and the arable field by recycling climbing fram timber as posts and attaching sheets of metal grid - 5m x 2m - that's normally used for reinforcing concrete.   It's strong enough to hold utchi kuri, butternut, crown prince and a larger yellow skinned one whose name I forget.  It means the pumpkin plants don't take up the whole plot and the fruits are up in the sun for better ripening and avoiding slug attack.

    Just need to make sure the pumpkins ripen on our side of the fence cos one year some perisher came and nicked all the ones on the field side - the big, yellow, easy to spot from the road ones!

    The Vendée, France
  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647
    Emma Crawforth wrote (see)

    Hello Sonja,

    Thanks for your pumpkin info. While we're on the subject, do you have any tips for people who want to go to the opposite extreme and grow giant pumpkins?

    Emma. team

    Emma, first you'll need a variety that's genetically predisposed to size. Atlantic Giant is a popular one. Then it's a matter of forcing the plant to maximise the size of the fruit. The biggest pumpkins I've seen involved restricting a plant to one single fruit - in other words, after the first fruit sets, remove any others, and nip out the growing tip of the vine. Once the fruit has set, use a fertiliser higher in potassium about once a week. You just have to be careful not to pump up the pumpkin (so to speak) to a point where it splits.

  • Hello Italophile,

    Thanks for the info. It always sounds like fun, although could be difficult harvesting the pumpkin and taking it home!

    Emma team

  • Thanks for the Information on Atlantic giants, this is my first year attempting to grow one for my Grandsons halloween
  • A.MA.M Posts: 5

    I've planted Pumpkin Mars seeds this year for the first time in growing pumpkins! I've been told they grow into large plants. How big are the pumpkins & How big a container or supporting canes do I need? Any help please? Thank you.

  • Steff37Steff37 Posts: 28

    Umm, I've planted a couple of seeds I saved from last year's Hallowe'en pumpkin bought in Tesco.  What do you think my chances are?  image

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