Here is the Dill's Atlantic Giant Pumpkin, Cucurbita pepo. This amazing pumpkin was Developed by Howard Dill to win a giant pumpkin contest. This pumpkin can get to 2000 lbs with the currant record holder at 2009 Lbs! They need very Fertile soil, good irrigation and wide spacing at 70 or more square feet and full direct sunlight per plant. This variety can be very challenging to grow due to insects like vine borers and squash bugs as well as being very demanding for water! Yes! They drink a ton of water. They can be eaten but the flesh is not very tasty and can be a bit mushy and wet. They are mostly grown for giant pumpkin competitions and are a long season type. Open pollinated 130 days.
Dill's Atlantic Giant Pumpkin
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PUMPKIN SOWING AND PLANTING TIPS
- Grow pumpkins from seeds or seedlings.
- Seed is viable for 6 years.
- Direct sow pumpkins in the garden in spring after all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed to 70°F (21°C). In warm-winter regions, sow pumpkin in midwinter for harvest in early summer.
- To start pumpkins indoors before the last frost in spring, sow seed in peat pots 4 to 3 weeks before planting out. The indoor temperature should be 66°F to 85°F (18-29°C) until germination.
- Pumpkin seeds will not germinate at a soil temperature below 66°F (18°C).
- Sow seed ½ to 1 inch (1.3-2.5 cm) deep.
- Seeds germinate in 4 to 10 days at 85°F (29°C) or warmer.
- Space plants in the garden 12 to 18 inches (30-45 cm) apart in all directions.
- Pumpkins will benefit from the warm soil created by planting on hills or mounds; raise the soil 12 inches (30 cm) tall and 20 inches (50 cm) wide and grow individual plants on hills. Space hills 4 to 5 feet (1.2-1.5 m) apart.
- Water to keep the soil from drying.
- Fertilize with fish emulsion or a soluble complete fertilizer at half strength.
- Add aged compost to planting beds in advance of transplanting.
- Pumpkins prefer a soil pH range of 5.5 to 6.8.
- Grow pumpkins in full sun for best yield.
- Avoid planting pumpkins where cucumbers or melons have grown recently.
- Common pest enemies include aphids, cucumber beetles, flea beetles, squash bugs, squash vine borers, slugs, and snails.
- Common diseases include bacterial wilt, fusarium wilt, downy mildew, powdery mildew, cucumber mosaic.