C00KiE46 wrote:Stella do you freeze your pumpkins whole? Are you trying to save them for Halloween? I went out earlier today and seen a female flower open and bees doing their business so I hope it matures.
I'm glad to hear you have a new pumpkin coming! Way to go
When I was studying pumpkins online, one website said that pumpkins put on 2 to 5 pumpkins per vine. I couldn't decide whether that meant 2 to 5 pumpkins per plant or, literally, per vine. One pumpkin plant can put out a whole lot of tertiary vines per plant.
My three pumpkin plants were up to 21 pumpkins when things started to go downhill. First, the female flowers started to die before blooming, and then the smallest of the pollinated pumpkins began to die, in order of size (smallest first). You said, I think, that you have three on your one plant, so maybe you could get two more, right?
I'm not trying to save my pumpkins for Halloween. I'm just baking them, blending them, and freezing them, one pumpkin at a time. It's kind of like baking cookies: put one batch in the oven, clean and prepare another one for baking, peel the cool one while the other is baking, blend another while another one is cooling. And so on. I'm starting to get bored with it. I think I'll only get four done today, so the others have been given a reprieve until I feel like processing pumpkins again.
I found a great website for you, one that discusses how to save your pumpkins for Halloween: [url=https://urbanext.illinois.edu/hortihints/0410c.html]University of Illinois Extension[/url]. Apparently, the process is pick 'em, disinfect 'em, cure 'em, store 'em. From the sounds of it, they keep quite well.
This article talks about even picking them in August, honest!