Hanging Pumpkin

sneed(7)July 18, 2014

One of my pumpkin plants grew through my gait and now I have a 4" wide pumpkin suspended about 6" above the ground. What should I do?

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lilyd74

Enjoy your nice round pumpkin without any flat spots!

Seriously, if it grows too large and the vine can't hold it securely without strain or kinking (which is only a maybe, not a definitely) then most people would recommend putting the pumpkin itself in a sling of sorts rigged to the fencing, made out of a soft stretchy material like an old t-shirt or pantyhose. It's done all the time, google "growing squash vertically."

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 10:52AM
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sneed(7)

I was thinking if it got big but still didn't touch the ground I would just put some wood beneath it.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 11:54AM
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sneed(7)

Apparently I posted the previous message twice. Is there any way to delete this message?

This post was edited by sneed on Fri, Jul 18, 14 at 12:15

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 12:13PM
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theforgottenone1013(MI zone 5b/6a)

Can't delete a double post (or any post). Just edit it as you did.

Agree with Lily about the sling but wood underneath the pumpkin should work as well.

Rodney

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 12:21PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

crikey.. leave it be.. and learn about how the plant deals with it ...

why do you think you need to 'fix' it ...

its not like this is going to be the only pumpkin on the vine ...

if you always want to fight ma nature... you will often lose... but if you observe her... there is a lot to learn ... and she rarely fails.. except in living up to your expectations..

as far as i am concerned.. i lay wood in garden beds.. to attract slugs ... good luck with wood ... i dont recommend it ...

ken

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 12:27PM
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sweetquietplace(6 WNC Mtn.)

Could you support it by turning a bucket upside down and placing it beneath the pumpkin?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 12:52PM
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davids10 z7a nv.

hanging it in pantyhose will give you a perfectly shaped pumpkin-putting it on wood will flatten the bottom. best looking pumps i ever had came from the vines growing into and up a 10 ft hedge.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 12:27AM
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springtogarden(6)

Your pumpkin looks great :)! There are photos of what people do with trellising and they are pretty creative and amazing. I have even seen a picture of squash growing up a tree that happened by mother nature's design online so pumpkins can grow in many different ways successfully. Some people swear that the stems are actually stronger than those grown on the ground and that mother nature is prepared. I don't know if that is true or not. I am actually growing some things up a trellis for the first time this year so maybe I will find out.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 1:31AM
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Pd0xGard_

I think I got that beat ;) This one is growing about 5 ft off the ground, hanging on/in our forsythia bush.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 5:27PM
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Pd0xGard_

Far away shot....

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 5:28PM
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