Ed in Carlsbad: Impressive Beginning!
Good evening, Growers!
This update just in from Ed in Carlsbad!
Hope you are doing well. This is from Ed in Carlsbad. Obtained this seed (parent was a 942 lb. Breznick 2007) from a Giant Pumpkin Grower (Steve in South Hero, Vermont) and it seems to like its' new home in Carlsbad. I soaked the seed when I received it and then put it in a 1 gallon pot with planting mix and covered with plastic wrap - essentially creating a "mini-greenhouse". Within a week, it sprouted and starting growing vigorously and about a week later the roots had grown to the bottom of the pot at which point I had to move it into a 5 gallon pot. It has been in the ground for under two weeks now and has grown considerably (even has a few flowers starting). Attached are a few pics which I just took today. It is interesting to note that my planting mound was "accidentally" created when I had to shovel dirt from runoff into a pile after one of our big winter rainstorms. I had not got around to spreading the dirt out on the lot when I decided that maybe "fate" had another goal for the mound. Can't say that the soil has been "amended" but the consistency is a good sandy loam and based on the initial growth of the plant, it looks like a "good fit". With some warmer weather and a little fertilizer, I am hoping that it will really take off and Mother Nature will produce the "big one".
Take care and I will keep you updated.
Thank you very much for your update! Looks like a very vigorous vine!