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Fueling Pumpkin Plant Growth
A healthy, vibrant plant with a fast growing vine, produces bigger pumpkins. A stressed plant, or a small, slow-growing plant, is less capable of producing and supporting the "Big One". It's important to get your pumpkin plants off to a good start, and keep them growing fast and strong all season long.
Pumpkin plants need different fertilizer mixtures, at different points in the growing season.
It is essential to give your pumpkin plants plenty of nourishment. During the early part of the season, before the pollination period, plants need regular feedings of high in nitrogen fertilizer. Nitrogen helps your plant to grow fast and strong, producing lush, green foliage.
Just in advance of the pollination period, usually early July, switch over to a fertilizer high in Phosphorous, which promotes blooming and fruit set.
After pumpkin fruit has set, switch to a fertilizer high in potassium.
How to Grow Tip: Planning on storing your pumpkins? Too much nitrogen in the soil, will significantly reduce storage times.
Here's the basics for getting your pumpkin patch growing fast and strong:
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