Journey of my Two Giant pumpkins-Progress Pics

Discussion in 'Common Vegetables' started by alx, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have not grown Dills Atlantic Giant Pumpkins for 10 years and grabbed some generic(not latest Prize winners) and planted May 28th.

    I will get better Pics for those interested-but here is a pic of the two plants and fruit




    Small fruit in late july



    growing





    40 inch circumference August 7th




    Measured 54 inch AUGUST 12-Starting to get big.Maybe 50 pounds






    Will update in a week.This one should be 500-600 pounds easy.

    This is the other one at 38 inches today



    2.5 inches rain last 3 days.I am gonna foliar feed -juice -them tomorrow[​IMG]
     
  2. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Holy Green Giant, Batman! That's some pumpkin!
     
  3. reekslikesmoke

    reekslikesmoke Fire Starter

    That is SO cool!!! Please keep us posted.

    Reek
     
  4. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That thing is looking wonderful Alex!
    All this rain the past few days has been horrible for most of the garden but I guess the pumpkins love it, I know our watermelons aren't complaining.
     
  5. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You've got some big pumpkins going on there my friend. Cpngrats.
     
  6. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice... but what will you do with a 500-600lb Pumpkin?
     
  7. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    PAUL you mean the C.O.D. to Kansas is out of Question...

    I am practicing with this one-had the extra room.The local Nurseries would be happy to have her in their Halloween display area.

    If this one does well-next year i will bury a pallet to grow pumpkin on and pick it up and transport to our local giant pumpkin(certified) contest.

    A guy from Rhode Island set the record recently at 1600 pounds.I might have a line thru another(veggie forum) on some seeds.Fingers crossed.
     
  8. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Here is august 17th

    1st Pumpkin-named it William-My cats name

    60 inch stem to flower end(not true thickness)



    2nd pumpkin (Astro)-garden cat name



    Today

    William has turned orange,so he may be slowing,but he is getting very round








    Astro is 60 inch stem to flower end.Staying yellow and growing much quicker then william.He was way behind.





    They should grow thru october,but other garden duties has me not taking extra-special care.Gonna get my brother involved next year to insure they get more attention....
     
  9. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice! I can't wait to see when you pull them!
     
  10. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    By George harret he gott one of them there puunkins. Ity's a whopper tooo. Just keep on keepin on alex I hope it alargeawon
     
  11. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Bump.....where are the plated pics? [​IMG]
     
  12. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I fpound some pics.One rotted and exploded and the other one was about 250 pounds.....

    I cut it sept 25 to put in front of garden for my brothers wedding.It had a good month to go,but it looked cool for wedding....They can grow 2 pounds a day easy....




    in front for wedding .Hard to tell how big it is.The whiteoak behind it is over 8 feet circumference...



    With some of my gourds....Next year they get more sun and attention...
    No wedding either...I hope...
     
  13. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Love that picture with all the little green gourds around it! perfect...nice job on the pumpkins, Alex [​IMG]
     
  14. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very cool [​IMG]
     
  15. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I would love to grow some giants like those, they never seem to get very big though, no matter how early I start them. Pretty cool Alex.
     
  16. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    How do you move those Alex? Roll them on a kart or just hoist them up and walk with them? I gotta figure that would be really awkward to hold in your arms...
     
  17. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    These wer the generic dill atlantic from store Todd.I have a line on a strain from a 1500 pounder out of rhode island.I think this will make a big difference.My bro and i grew a 800 pounder 15 years ago and he is gonna hep out next year....With other garden duties i did not take the care they deserved.....
     
  18. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    A friend and i put it in a large outdoor chair and each grabbed a handle.Slow but steady.....I am going to bury a palate next year and grow pumpkin on it and lift out with tractor.That or make a sling to put under it...and pull out with tractor.They have a contest at the state fair...
     
  19. carpetride

    carpetride Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks pretty neat! By juice them do you mean give them an IV of sorts.
     
  20. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A 400 lb pie pops to mind. [​IMG] always allowing a bit for shrinkage.

    Nice looking plants ALX My neighbour grew a 417 lb one this year.

    Won 2nd prize at the fair.
     

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