Have pumpkins, need help!!

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by OhioFarmGirl, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. OhioFarmGirl

    OhioFarmGirl New Member

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    Hi to all. I am so glad I found you all. I am at a loss with what to do now. I sure could use some help and would appreciate any and all responses. I have several varieties of pumpkins that have grown pretty well this year, but I have some problems, I think. Some of the pumpkins have started to ripen already and now some of the vines are starting to die. I have been told to leave them until threat of frost, but now that the vines are dying and I found some "stink" bugs and something that is starting to bore holes in some of my pumpkins. Is it too early to pick them. I dont want to lose them all to bugs or picking too early. Can anyone help me?
     
  2. dot

    dot Well-Known Member

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    I had the same problem so I went ahead and picked them. Now I have approx 150 pumpkins in my front yard and don't know what to do with them. I don't have any place to keep them and I doubt that anyone would buy them at this time of the year. I'm thinking of putting a "free" sign up and see if I can give them away.
     

  3. pumpkinlady

    pumpkinlady Well-Known Member

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    You will need to spray them with some type of herbicide to kill off the bugs if you wish to leave them on the vines. Ask at your local ag store to see what they recommend for your area. Your county extension office shoulb be able to tell you what would work the best in area too. Our pumpkins are just starting to form and we still have a lot of blossoms. We wait till June to plant them so they ripen in early fall.
     
  4. Laura626

    Laura626 Well-Known Member

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    Hi Ohio! Last year I too planted my pumpkins too early and they ripened too soon. Unfortunately, once the squash bugs have gotten to the pumpkins themselves, in my experience, it's too late. Probably best to pick them and keep them cool, dry, and as far away from the vines and parent plants as possible. If you look on the leaves near where they come off from the vine, you might see clusters of tiny seed-like things that adhere to the leaf. These are the squash bug eggs-scrape them off the leaf, and look for them too on the bottom of the pumpkins. I've read that if you place boards in the garden the bugs will lay their eggs on the undersides of the boards and leave the pumpkins alone, but I haven't had much luck with that. My father-in-law recommended sevin dust to control the squash bugs, but I was reluctant to use it for fear of harming the bees, birds, and my kids that trample in my garden. Another problem that can plague pumpkins are squash borers-they will eat into the vine near the base of the plant and leave an orange residue as they bore thru. The vine will eventually begin to wither and die. If you see it, carefully take a sharp knife and try to cut the borer out-the plant will usually heal. Pumpkins are so much fun, but they get so big so fast that it's hard to see where they begin and end and to keep bugs and rodents out. Good luck!
     
  5. OhioFarmGirl

    OhioFarmGirl New Member

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    Thanx to all. I will see what I can do with these things. I have a few of the Big Moon variety out there that I would really like to save if I can.

    I'm off to garden.

    Thanx again