I may have just killed mine
Yesterday I made the decision to cull down to one pumpkin on my healthiest vine, so I cut this guy off:
The remaining pumpkin was growing well, and was starting to bulge out of his protective cage:
That's 18" in diameter, and that picture was yesterday. This morning the cage was halfway off because the pumpkin was growing out of it, so I took off the cage and went to Home Depot to buy some netting to make a larger one.
It looked bigger by the afternoon, possibly 20"+ in diameter.
So this afternoon I made the larger cage, plus a bottom piece to guard against gophers, and then I had to reposition some vines and some drip line. I moved the pumpkin just a tad, but when I set it back down it tipped backwards and I heard a crunching sound.
It had crushed its stem under its own weight.
This pumpkin was kinda disc-shaped, and it was growing vertically, like a nickel balanced on its edge. I suppose it was just a matter of time before it tipped itself over, but I was the one who did it today
I sulked for a bit, then just proceeded and hoped for the best. I put it on its bottom/blossom end, put a sheet of netting underneath and then put the cage over the top:
The stem now looks like this:
I guess the worst it can do is die, and I've already resigned myself to that possibility.
But I really should have done all the dangerous work 1) earlier and 2) _before_ I had culled the 2nd largest pumpkin.
Lessons learned for next year . . . .
Sunset 23/USDA 11a, Elev. 783', Frost free since 8,000 BC. Plagued by squirrels, gophers, and peafowl, but coming to terms with it!