Growing a World-Record Pumpkin

Growing a World-Record Pumpkin

courtesy kptv.comHow would you like to grow an 1,800 pound pumpkin?Before you raise your hand, consider this-there is fierce competition in growing the biggest and lifting it is no easy task.

Steve Connolly from Sharon, Mass. has one that he planted it on May 1, 2008 and pollinated on June 1, 2008. Apparently some days, it gained weight at 40-45 pounds a day. The Guinness Book of World Records currently considers a 1,689 pound pumpkin grown by Joe Jutras as the record-holder and Steve is waiting to hear if his has broken that record.

“To boost growth, Connolly said he used North American Kelp, cow manure, maple leaf compost, seaweed fertilizer and Neptune’s Harvest fish fertilizer. Connolly said he also used RTI mycorrhizae, a naturally occurring root stimulating fungi that latches onto the pumpkin roots to produce a massive pumpkin root structure. According to Connolly, it allows the plant to draw more energy and produce phenomenal growth.”

  • Dianne
    Posted at 07:38h, 17 October Reply

    aha! all these fertilizers = lots of nitrogen??? or something else? (this is a real question, I’m that naive 🙂 )

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