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How to grow giant pumpkins -- tips and tricks

How to grow giant pumpkins -- tips and tricks
It seems like nearly every year the World Record is broken for the largest pumpkin. Do you want to learn how to grow a giant pumpkin like these these huge Atlantic Giant pumpkins? Maybe it will be you who grows the newest World Record Giant Pumpkin?

Follow this easy guide to grow an Atlantic Giant, the most common World Record breaking pumpkin variety, and hopefully you can be entered into the record books next year!

How to grow a giant pumpkin

Select a growing site for your giant pumpkin

This is the first and most important step. Giant pumpkins need full sunshine to promote photosynthesis and to help keep healthy leaves. Full sunshine will keep the leaves dryer and will help prevent disease caused by the morning dew that will be on the leaves.

Dew will not be enough however to keep your pumpkin watered. Giant pumpkins have giant appetites, so make sure you are close to a water source.

How to grow giant pumpkins -- tips and tricks Prepare your soil and choose your seeds

This is the most crucial step of growing a record breaking, really huge pumpkin. Don't wait until spring to start this step.

After finding the perfect site to grow your giant pumpkin, place fresh manure, compost and leaves in a large dugout area where you will be planting the pumpkin seeds.

Do this in the fall and till this area to help break down the manure and compost that you placed there. Your target pH is 6.5 but a range of 5.5 to 7.5 will be fine also.

In the spring you should add a fertilizer high in nitrogen, some dry manure, and compost. Work this into the soil to help feed your giant pumpkin the nutrients it needs.

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Once you have decided on which type of pumpkin you want to grow, then it is time to get yourself some seeds. The Atlantic Giant seeds grow very well out of the giant pumpkin options, but you also might try a Howden Biggie Giant Pumpkin, a Prizewinner Giant Pumpkin, or a Big Moose Giant Pumpkin. Get at least three packets of seeds to ensure a choice of viable giant pumpkins. Later on you can always trim out the ones you don't want.

When to plant pumpkin seeds

The ultimate harvest time for your Atlantic Giant pumpkin should be late September to early October so they can be presented at events to be judged. The Atlantic Giant pumpkins need 150 or more days to grow and mature to World Record weights. Start the seeds indoors in late April or early May to achieve the maximum growth time. Plant at your selected site after the last frost.

Frost will kill your Giant Atlantic pumpkin plant, so make sure to protect them if a late frost is predicted.

Let your pumpkin grow

Now that you have an established pumpkin plant, it is time to let it grow. Ensure that it has plenty of water and nutrients to grow. As the fruits mature, you will have a choice to make. You need to choose the most promising pumpkin on the plant and remove all of the others. This will allow the plant to fully feed the one pumpkin for maximum, gigantic growth.

Tip: Become familiar with the diseases and insects that may harm your pumpkin plant and choose the correct plan of action to get rid of them.

As the pumpkin gets larger you will want to protect it from the sun to prevent the skin from splitting. Keep it covered and protected from bad weather such as hard, heavy rain, and hot sunshine. Providing a canopy will keep the weather off.

Harvest your giant pumpkin and save your seeds

This is what it is all about: time to pick your prize giant pumpkin and receive all of the deserved accolades and awards!

Tip: A giant pumpkin is huge and heavy. Make sure you have the proper equipment to pick up and transport your pumpkin to your chosen event.

If you have indeed managed to produce a World Record giant pumpkin, you can charge a premium price for the seeds due to the genetics in the seeds alone. Be sure to label and save your seeds to sell after the contests.

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