Pumpkin Plants

Pumpkin Survival in High Heat


Hopeful gardener added on July 28, 2016 | Answered

My first ever Atlantic Giant is growing 8 ft from the start of the vine and is gaining 1 inch a day. Due to 100 to 108 degrees days for a couple of weeks, the leaves between the pumpkin and the start of the vine have been dying. There are only 7 left. There are many great leaves after the pumpkin. The forecast is for at least 14 days more heat. My questions are: 1. Can a pumpkin survive with most leaves after the pumpkin? 2. Is there anything I can do to help this situation? Thanks


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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on July 29, 2016

Giant Pumpkins do not like extremes, cold or heat.

This link may have some suggestions for you.

http://www.maine.gov/dacf/pumpkincam/how-to-grow-pumpkins.shtml

I do know that a Pumpkin Farmer friend of mine creates tents above his Giant's. This creates shade but still air circulation for his big beauties.

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