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Wisconsin zone 4/5
2294 Posts
May 15, 2015 - 8:45 am

I started my 'Rockstar' Pumpkins using the PAPER TOWEL METHOD of GERMINATION 3 days ago. Yesterday, I planted the germinated seeds in a 4" pot. This year I don't have my Mom's garden to plant them in (she moved). In June I will plant them in my wild area and let them do what ever they want. They won't get full sun, it is continually moist and critters will be able to find them. Not to mention the dreaded squash vine borer.CryBut I already have the seeds, so I will give it a try.  IF they produce pumpkins I will put something under the pumpkin to keep it from sitting on the moist ground. It should be interestingConfused.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

Wisconsin zone 4/5
2294 Posts
May 8, 2017 - 6:07 pm

Used the PAPER TOWEL METHOD of GERMINATION.   Five out of 6 seeds germinated in 4 days.  Planted the germinated seeds in 5" pots today. Put them in a CLEAR TOTE with a heat mat.  On sunny days they go out on the deck with the clear top vented.  At night they are in the house with the heat mat on.  Once they have their first set of 'true' leaves I will take them off the heat mat.  Hopefully in a month they will be planted outside in their permanent spot. 

2016 pumpkins were huge.  We had 3 big ones which my Granddaughters got and 2 medium sized for us.  The vines did get the squash vine borer in several areas. I did surgery and removed the borers.  The vines put out roots in a lot of areas where a node touches the ground.  This helps feed the plant when the borer kills another section of the vine.  Mother Nature is awesome.  Now if She would just PLEASE turn off the freezing weather we have had the last several nights...much appreciated.  Laugh

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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