Q. When growing pumpkins I only get one or two fruits on a large vine. Is there something I can do to get more fruit?
On the positive side, you probably get larger pumpkins than you would get from a plant producing lot of pumpkins!
If you would like more fruit, bear in mind that pumpkins have a few basic requirements:
- Seeds should not be sown or plants planted outdoors until the ground is warm.
- They require a sunny location.
- Pumpkin plants need lots of water and should be fertilized regularly with compost, aged manure, or supplimental liquid fertilizer.
- Also, remember that bees are needed to fertilize the flowers, so do not use insecticides near your pumpkin patch.
For more details, see the University of Illinois's information page.
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- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service
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