Here is my final lineup for my giant pumpkins for 2014
HOW TO READ THE LINEUP BELOW:
The first number is how many lbs the pumpkin parent was, the next is the name of the grower, then the date it was grown, after that is it’s genealogy below it (it’s grandparents). It’s important to see who they were because they could have been bigger than the plant the seed came from. The genealogy can go back several generations further.
556 TODD 2011
-comes from: male: 1725 Harp 10/female: 50 Todd
856 Hoffman 2010
-comes from: male: 1544 Revier 09/ female: 1180 Pukos 09
1104 Wallace 2012
-comes from male: 1409.5 Miller/female: 1789 Wallace
1579 Wallace 2012
-comes from: male: 1381/female: 1789 Wallace
Here is the germination pics. They were planted on April 14th.
Here is my germination process: You need to start them inside the house where it is WARM. An unheated greenhouse or hoophouse will not work very well.
1. I first filed the edges lightly avoiding the tip until I see a little color change on the edge. Do not file too much.
2. I then soaked them for 12 hours in warm water with a few drops of seaweed emulsion.
3. I take a 4 or 5 inch peat pot and cut it in half on the sides only (not the bottom of it) and re-tape it so I can remove the plant more easily later if I need to plant up or if I can plant outside.
4. I planted them into 5 inch peat pots this year (I got the 5 inchers from Lowes here in town) with a good seed starting mix. (Some people put them on damp paper towels in plastic bags on heat mats until the root germinates but I prefer to direct seed them in the pots.
4. I then put them on a seed heating mat and cranked up the heat to 90-95°F. This is important as giant pumpkin seeds germinate faster when the heat is this high. So move other plants off this mat if they can’t handle the heat. If you don’t have a thermostat on your heating mat, you will need one to control the temperature.
5. Check them twice a day and keep moist until they germinate. Sometimes one of the first leaves that germinate (called cotyledon leaves) will push up with the seed shell still attached as in the picture above. I waited a day and gently pulled it off without damaging the leaf.
6. Once they germinate, you can turn down the heat to about 80° F. They like heat-no they love heat.
7 . I water with a weak solution of seaweed, fish emulsion and microbe brew from Fox Farms (it has mycorrhizal in it to help produce more roots) every week in between their normal watering.
FOR MORE INFO ON HOW TO GROW GIANT PUMPKINS GO GROWING GIANT PUMPKINS