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Post  tbrunin 7/28/2012, 5:02 pm

Hi Friends - I have a vertically growing pumpkin vine that is about 10 feet long now, strong, and has produced one large pumpkin the size of a big basketball at this point. It is still green and wondering if I should pick it to allow others to grow as I don't have any other immature fruits yet and such a large vine with lots of flowers. What should I do?

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Post  cheyannarach 7/28/2012, 8:34 pm

Hmmm, I am not sure but thought I would bump this so more experienced pumpkin growers will see it! It makes sense, kinda like cucumbers to pick so they continue producing, but I am a first year pumpkin grower this year so leave it on the vine until someone else has some words of wisdom, good luck!
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Post  Turan 7/28/2012, 8:49 pm

Leave it alone until it is ripe and full color. If you pick it now it will rot. They keep setting fruit as they keep flowering. Leave it until fall.

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Post  jdwheeler42 7/29/2012, 2:26 am

I wonder if you are not getting more fruit because your female flowers are not getting pollinated. Maybe try pollinating them by hand and see if that helps.
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Post  littlejo 7/29/2012, 4:10 pm

I would not pick your 1 pumpkin! It may be your only 1. I'd also try hand pollinating. Maybe that will work. Some pumpkin vines are just made to produce 1 fruit each.
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