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Pumpkins

Postby tam » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:49 am

I have this triffid pumpkin vine growing down the back of our block. It started last summer and some pumpkins have been on the vine for months, but the vine doesn't even look like dying.
Can I pick these older pumpkins?
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Re: Pumpkins

Postby gardenlen » Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:51 am

g'day tam,

you could pick them if you need them or one maybe? i'd say given time the vine will die maybe the fruit not quiet mature enough yet? we have on jap vine still persisting one maturing fruit not quiet ready for picking so will leave it a bit of chill won't harm the quality, there is a new one that is maturing about 1 month old now, couldn't believe it one single female flower no others so the bee must have visited another vine somewhere. if winter becomes mild this vine and yours may persevere, so earlier fruit next summer. this new one of ours growing well enough. we can get some frost maybe that will be the end of the vine? did this once with a blue nice piece of fruit early summer.

just thought for myself i could throw a light cover of mulch over the vine.

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Re: Pumpkins

Postby tam » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:29 pm

Thanks Len, there are 26 pumpkin on the vine and I am buying pumpkin. lol
I will pick one and leave it stand for a couple of weeks and see what it is like and I have noticed there are very few female flowers now the weather is colder.
This vine covers an area about 10mx 5m.
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Re: Pumpkins

Postby gardenlen » Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:33 am

g'day tam,

pick one for sure no good paying look for the one with the driest looking stem or the vine may be in early die off stage. they will continue to rippen once cut.

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Re: Pumpkins

Postby gardenlen » Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:50 am

g'day tam,

my update to help you maybe?

ok the new pumpkin (not sure how on the day late autumn this single female flower got pollinated). is doing very well, about 1/2 size of this years harvest(very dry start) but one pumpkin still on vine maturing vine not dead yet. we've had ground temp's down around 4c, anyhow maybe this vine will persist through winter and give us an early start next season, but if not the new punk' will be usable.

got volunteers popping up in the garden thinking of potting a couple for a mature planting next season as well, all head start stuff.

take care

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Re: Pumpkins

Postby tam » Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:11 pm

We finally picked them and pulled the vine out. There were about 36 in total. The little one on top is from another vine.
Not bad for a vine that came up itself.
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Re: Pumpkins

Postby bubba louie » Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:04 pm

I hope you like pumpkin soup. LOL

I make mine with roast pumpkin, it gives a nice nutty flavour, and you can roast a big batch and freeze it for later use.
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Re: Pumpkins

Postby gardenlen » Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:14 am

wow what a haul tam,

they are still not fully ripe or mature, judging by very juicy green looking stems, but enjoy maybe leave them out in the sun for a couple of weeks to sweeten them further.

our last one is growing well so planted a volunteer with that vine plant a couple more yet, got cover ready for frost.

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Re: Pumpkins

Postby tam » Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:05 pm

Len this one had started to put out new runners. I will throw a few seeds down there to start another couple.

We have hung a few up in the shed as the bandicoots are getting to them.
Do they need to be in the sun?

Bubba louie the neighbours are all eating pumpkin.
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Re: Pumpkins

Postby bubba louie » Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:24 pm

I'm looking forward to the day when I have enough space to let a pumpkin run riot.
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Re: Pumpkins

Postby tam » Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:26 pm

Happiness is a hubby who finally got to whippersnipper where the vine had grown.
I won't tell him my plans to throw some seed down shortly. LOL
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Re: Pumpkins

Postby gardenlen » Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:20 am

g'day tam,

yes my old one is throwing new laterals did want to move the planting mound but decided i don't have to. i mulched the area well and then kept training laterals back over and around main plant so not a lot of rampant weed. will be sticking some seeds in the leech field, this next season, the spuds there are doing well. need to get more pumpkin fruit to keep our daughters in supply, our stuff the only fresh chemical free stuff they can get.

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